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Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard Caryopteris incana

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 9
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 24 - 36 Inches
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$19.99
Size: Quart
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs
Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard Caryopteris incana
Sun 24 - 36

Features

The hardiest caryopteris yet!

Sunshine Blue II is a new, improved variety of the classic Sunshine Blue, but it's much more tolerant of cold climates. If you've had trouble with bluebeard surviving winter in your area in the past, now's your chance to enjoy the vivid gold foliage and blue blooms of this late blooming favorite. An excellent plant for attracting pollinators!

Top reasons to grow Sunshine Blue II caryopteris:

- The hardiest caryopteris yet - survives winter even in the Midwest.

- Colorful all season, especially late in summer when blue flowers appear.

- Thrives in hot, dry, sunny spots.

Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Drought Tolerant
Attracts: 
Bees

Characteristics

Duration: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spacing: 
24 - 36 Inches
Spread: 
24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Blue
Foliage Colors: 
Yellow
Foliage Shade: 
Yellow
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Filler

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Late Summer
Bloom Time: 
Early Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Low
Needs Good Drainage
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Edging Plant
Uses: 
Groundcover
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Maintenance Notes: 

Plant bluebeard in full sun and well-drained soil. Though Sunshine Blue II tolerates colder conditions than other caryopteris, it will do best if you avoid planting it in spots where the soil is cold or wet in winter and early spring. Cut back hard in spring, after the new growth emerges. Avoid late season planting in coldest parts of its hardiness range.

Fun Facts: 

Caryopteris is sometimes called "blue mist spirea," even though it is not remotely related to spirea. To be sure you get the right plant, ask your garden center for Caryopteris or bluebeard.

Sunshine Blue® II Caryopteris incana 'SMNCVH' USPP 28,093, Can PBRAF
  • Just planted seventeen in September 2017 (plan to put three more in the ground soon), for a total of twenty inside a circle driveway. The 17 survived a rough, dry winter with a couple of late season freezes. I thought for sure I had one dead one as I had lost three of the original delivery, but it has come back already like a champ. I have yet to see the blooms but I'm looking forward to seeing all of them in vibrant color this year. I expect them to look great!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Linda La Porte
    Kingman
    Arizona
    United States
    16 weeks ago
  • Just planted seventeen in September 2017 (plan to put three more in the ground soon), for a total of twenty inside a circle driveway. The 17 survived a rough, dry winter with a couple of late season freezes. I thought for sure I had one dead one as I had lost three of the original delivery, but it has come back already like a champ. I have yet to see the blooms but I'm looking forward to seeing all of them in vibrant color this year. I expect them to look great!

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Linda La Porte
    Kingman
    Arizona
    United States
    16 weeks ago
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