Planted this mid-Sept 2016 to replace some overgrown azaleas. Given the (low) quality of the soil and the somewhat rushed planting job, I figured this might not last the winter. I may have gotten lucky with the relatively mild winter, but this plant is looking great so far! I'm looking forward to flowers later in the summer. I trimmed the branches about 2" this spring...I waited until just after it was clear where the new growth was occurring and that seems to have been a great strategy.
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 11
Zones are based on the lowest average temperature an area is expected to receive during the winter. They are used to determine whether a plant is likely to be perennial in your area. If your zone is equal to or higher than the zone listed for the plant, it will be hardy for you and thrive in your climate.
My Current Zone
Rich blue flowers late summer through fall contrast with the glossy green foliage. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought resistant once established.Fall InterestDrought TolerantAttracts:ButterfliesResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:ShrubShrub Type:DeciduousHeight Category:TallGarden Height:24 - 30 InchesSpacing:36 - 48 InchesSpread:24 - 36 InchesFlower Colors:BlueFlower Colors:PurpleFlower Shade:Blue-PurpleFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:Dark GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBlooms On:New WoodBloom Time:Late SummerBloom Time:Early FallBloom Time:Mid FallBloom Time:Late FallHardiness Zones:5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageNeeds Good DrainageUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Compact Caryopteris for landscape use. Perfect for perennial beds or fall plantings. Unusual blue flowers contrast nicely with many popular fall flowers.Maintenance Notes:
Prefers well-drained, loose soil. Does not like to be oversaturated - good drainage is required. Prune in spring down to where new growth is sprouting. In Northern states, this plant will die back to the ground though roots are hardy. In the South, cut back if needed. Trim to shape in late winter/early spring. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rates of application.
The best Caryopteris we've seen, with tight, compact growth, excellent branchingand dark, green glossy foliage.
Deep blue flowers are richer than other Caryopteris varieties, and will attract butterflies to late summer gardens.
Enjoy the rare blue color from late summer to fall. Perfect for use in the mixed border or perennial beds. May also be planted as part of a wildlife garden.Petit Bleu™ Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Minbleu' USPP 14,674
Eric, New Jersey, United States, 2 years ago
Petit Bleu made it through the first winter, 2012-13, very small the following summer despite some extra attention. Didn't make it through the next winter. Would have loved to see it grow to full capacity. Maybe I'll try it again. It was a tough winter in Westfield this past year.Constance Filley, Massachusetts, United States, 5 years ago
Beautiful right now and yes covered with bees all day long this is it's first year but I really like it it is doing well.Sue, British Columbia, Canada, 6 years ago
I planted this in my garden in Southern California (coastal). 6 months later In April, I dug it up & potted it to transport to my new home in Central WA. state. It has not stopped flowering & I love it!Darla, Washington, United States, 8 years ago
Russell Studebaker, Illinois, United States, 8 years ago
Mary Beth Beeman, Illinois, United States, 8 years ago
Blooms through-out the summer. Butterflies/bees love it. Have also seen some hummingbirds. Soft weeping branches similar to spirea. Beatiful foliage. Grows well with little to no care!Trish, Ohio, United States, 8 years ago
This is the first year in the ground for this shrub. I grew it in its nursery plant in 2007, after purchasing it in bloom. It is blooming now 8/8/08Patti Millison, Virginia, United States, 8 years ago
I love it. Has to be cut back in teh Spring and slow coming out but once it is - it is beautifulSharon, Ontario, Canada, 8 years ago
I chose this plant at the nursery because of its stunning color and numbers of blooms. I had seen caryopteris on P. Allen Smith's show. When I arrived home and put my glasses on to read the tag, I was delightfully surprised to discover that I now own one.Pam Garden, Virginia, United States, 8 years ago