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Royal Gold Woadwaxen

Genista tinctoria 'Royal Gold'

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Royal Gold Woadwaxen (Genista tinctoria 'Royal Gold') at Connon Nurseries

Royal Gold Woadwaxen in bloom

Royal Gold Woadwaxen in bloom

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Royal Gold Woadwaxen (Genista tinctoria 'Royal Gold') at Connon Nurseries

Royal Gold Woadwaxen flowers

Royal Gold Woadwaxen flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Dyer's Greenweed


A beautiful upright and spreading groundcover or massing plant with stunning golden flowers in late spring and into summer along upright stems, very fine texture; requires full sun, poor, low fertility sandy soils, excellent for the toughest locations

Ornamental Features

Royal Gold Woadwaxen is bathed in stunning racemes of gold pea-like flowers along the branches from late spring to early summer. It has light green deciduous foliage. The small oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour.

Landscape Attributes

Royal Gold Woadwaxen is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Royal Gold Woadwaxen is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Royal Gold Woadwaxen will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for sandy, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features