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Petit Bleu Bluebeard Caryopteris x clandonensis

(10 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

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).

Flower Season
  • Fall
Mature Size
30" 36"
Height
24 - 30"
Spread
24 - 36"

This plant is hardy in zones 5 - 11

Hardy Zones

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.

  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
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  • Details

    Features

    Rich blue flowers late summer through fall contrast with the glossy green foliage. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought resistant once established.

    Fall Interest
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Butterflies
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 30 Inches
    Spacing: 
    36 - 48 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Blue-Purple
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Fall
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Fall
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Needs Good Drainage
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses 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
  • 10 Reviews

    • 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.

      Eric
      New Jersey
      United States
      2 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Russell Studebaker
      Illinois
      United States
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Mary Beth Beeman
      Illinois
      United States
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • 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
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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 8/8/08

      Patti Millison
      Virginia
      United States
      8 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • I love it. Has to be cut back in teh Spring and slow coming out but once it is - it is beautiful

      Sharon
      Ontario
      Canada
      8 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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