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Sunshine Blue® Bluebeard Caryopteris incana

(25 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
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
36" 36"
Height
30 - 36"
Spread
30 - 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.

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  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
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    Features

    Amethyst blue flowers in late summer and fall contrast with the bright yellow foliage. Season long color. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant once established.

    Fragrant Foliage
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Butterflies
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    30 - 42 Inches
    Spread: 
    30 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Blue
    Flower Colors: 
    Purple
    Flower Shade: 
    Blue-Purple
    Foliage Colors: 
    Yellow
    Foliage Shade: 
    Yellow
    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: 

    Excellent for mixed borders or perennial gardens. Adds a splash of bright color to any garden.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Prefers well-drained, loose soil. Does not like to be over-saturated. Prune in spring down to where new growth is sprouting. In Northern regions' this plant will die back to the ground though the roots are hardy. In the South, cut back if needed. Fertilize in early spring by applying a slow release fertilizer specialized for trees and shrubs. Follow the label for recommended rate of application.

    If you like bright, bold color, this is the plant for you! Bright yellow foliage contrasts with the rich amethyst blue flowers for an outstanding late summer display.

    Sunshine Blue® Caryopteris incana 'Jason' USPPAF, Can 2,316
  • 25 Reviews

    • Great plant have had it over 3 years , cut it back in late winter and it starts to get yellow or green leaves it in spring grows back to a medium size Bush with purple blue buds on it in Early summer to Fall So awesome,love it , . Zone 8 Southern Oregon Thanks Judy

      Judy Gannon
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 42 min ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Great plant have had it over 3 years , cut it back in late winter and it starts to get yellow or green leaves it in spring grows back to a medium size Bush with purple blue buds on it in Early summer to Fall So awesome,love it , . Zone 8 Southern Oregon Thanks Judy

      Judy Gannon
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 42 min ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Great plant have had it over 3 years , cut it back in late winter and it starts to get yellow or green leaves it in spring grows back to a medium size Bush with purple blue buds on it in Early summer to Fall So awesome,love it , . Zone 8 Southern Oregon Thanks Judy

      Judy Gannon
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 43 min ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Great plant have had it over 3 years , cut it back in late winter and it starts to get yellow or green leaves it in spring grows back to a medium size Bush with purple blue buds on it in Early summer to Fall So awesome,love it , . Zone 8 Southern Oregon Thanks Judy

      Judy Gannon
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 43 min ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Great plant have had it over 3 years , cut it back in late winter and it starts to get yellow or green leaves it in spring grows back to a medium size Bush with purple blue buds on it in Early summer to Fall So awesome,love it , . Zone 8 Southern Oregon Thanks Judy

      Judy Gannon
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 43 min ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • very difficult in clay soil. find a high spot for better drainage. extraordinary color combination of chartreuse foliage & cornflower blue flowers! self-seeds a bit, but never invasive. HATES wet feet. Bees go bonkers for blooms. Flowers when others are winding down.

      lacewing
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 6 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • LOVE this shrub - flowy form if unpruned, golden chartreuse leaves, blue flower spires in early fall, no extra irrigation given... it is a winner in my book!

      Anni J
      , Idaho
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • This plant grew well and bloomed nicely the year I planted it. It ended up being about 24" and nicely filled out. Over winter, I mulched it well and the weather was so mild it never died back. It started leafing out early in the warm March, got hit by a freeze and STILL came back and then one side of the plant died and then the other. That was it, it was dead for no apparent reason. Upon pulling it out, the roots were well established. I do have seedlings so they may do something but they are not growing too fast so I doubt they will mature enough to bloom this year. A disappointment as the foliage and size were nice.

      Kim
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 7 years ago
      Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    • Russell Studebaker
      , Oklahoma
      , 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.
    • Outstanding all round performance from spring through fall.Great as a specimen and in landscape groups.

      albert smith
      , British Columbia
      , 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.
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