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CARYOPTERIS incana 'Sunshine Blue'

Commonly known as Blue beard, Blue spiraea

Bright yellow leaves giving good colour all summer. Dark blue flowers
Further Reading....

  • Deciduous - leaves to 7cm (3in) long, sharply toothed at the margins, bright yellow in late spring toning down to greener yellow in late summer
  • Blue
  • Height - 1.2m (4ft)
  • Spread - 1.5m (5ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - dense, mound-forming shrub. Produces flowers, 7-8mm (¼in) across in rounded cymes in the upper leaf axils
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Against a wall - benefits from the warmth of a sheltered wall
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - syn. C. incana 'Jason'
  • Pests & Diseases - capsid bugs
  • Place of origin - garden origin. UK. Peter Chapman. Introduced by Notcutts Nurseries c. 2002
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf margin - Dentate - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Ovate - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage - - aromatic foliage
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Summer
  • Soil Conditions - Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil - - moderately fertile
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Butterfly friendly
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Caryopteris - Care Guide
1.2m (4ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1.5m (5ft)
 

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