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Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryopteris (kar-ee-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: x clandonensis (klan-don-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Sorbet
Additional cultivar information: (aka Dyraisey, Summer Sorbet)
Hybridized by Matt Dyer & Nicolas Raisey, West End Nurseries

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Catherine_Moon On Apr 17, 2012, Catherine_Moon from Rio Rancho, NM wrote:

I can't tell you how happy I am with this plant in a tough spot in dry sandy Rio Rancho NM. It gets a bit of water regularly when I rinse out my birdbath but no special watering or soil improvement. As a one-year-old it sailed through our 100-year-drought last summer.

It is now three years old and grows about half as high as the standard Caryopteris. It's wider than it is tall. It's bright yellow color in early spring does the same job as daffodils and forsythia. I have it planted with a standard Caryopteris, two kinds of artemisias and some native grasses. It is the one plant everyone comments on.

Incidentally, I think caryopteris is a great shrub around bird baths and feeders. When the hawk comes, the little birds just drop down into the thick caryopteris foliage. The hawk hops around, screeching, flapping and diving into the bushes but he can't get the birds.

Positive rcn48 On Oct 10, 2007, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the first year for this plant in our gardens. It has performed well even with the drought we've experienced this year. Beautiful variegation all summer with long blooming period from August through October!

Positive Fairy1004 On Sep 10, 2007, Fairy1004 from (bestest fairy)Temperance, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

One of the most beautiful things in my garden!! It has contrasting yellow & green leaves which already make it georgeous, but just above each set of leaves is a twirl of light purple/blue flowers. I love it & have thought about getting a few more. I give it a really good watering once a week & it has been blooming profusly for the past 2 weeks or so. The bees love it, so I'm still trying to get a good picture of it. Everyone that sees it compliments me on it!!!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 29, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Reported to be the best of the variegated types, being more stable and robust.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sacramento, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Chicago, Illinois
Temperance, Michigan
Clever, Missouri
Denville, New Jersey
Whiting, New Jersey
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
Garland, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia

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