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Sunshine Blue® Bluebeard Caryopteris incana

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 30 - 36 Inches
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Sunshine Blue® Bluebeard Caryopteris incana
Sun 30 - 36

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

Duration: 
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
  • 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.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    lacewing
    Hobart
    Indiana
    United States
    3 years ago
  • 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!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Anni J
    Boise
    Idaho
    United States
    4 years ago
  • 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.

    Unsatisfied Did not survive, inferior performance or did not bloom well - won't grow again.
    Kim
    Crown Point
    Indiana
    United States
    4 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
    Oklahoma
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Outstanding all round performance from spring through fall.Great as a specimen and in landscape groups.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    albert smith
    British Columbia
    Canada
    5 years ago
  • Beautiful!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Marilyn B. Grua
    Kentucky
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Russell Studebaker
    New Hampshire
    United States
    5 years ago
  • This wonderful shrub is in full bloom in September in western NY. It has bloomed in a partial sunny location and the honey bees love it -- a beautiful blue!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    CB
    New York
    United States
    5 years ago
  • did not know tha ti would take the spot light from my other plants.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    vanessa prince
    South Carolina
    United States
    5 years ago
  • Bought 5 plants at a local nursery. It was in the fall, they looked terrible. I planted them hoping they would survive. To much of a suprise they are growing like mad....beautiful!!!!!!!!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Sherri Nall
    Indiana
    United States
    5 years ago
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