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Caryopteris incana 'Sunshine Blue'

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Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Caryopteris (kar-ee-OP-ter-iss) (Info)
Species: incana (in-KAN-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunshine Blue
Additional cultivar information: (aka Jason)

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Category:
Shrubs

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous
Herbaceous
Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood 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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Profile:

3 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral cntryrocks On May 12, 2011, cntryrocks from Princeton, KS wrote:

I have this plant growing in a bed on the northeast side of my house. It must love it there, because it grows and grows some more. I planted it 2 years ago and it is atleast 4 x 4. Next spring I am going to cut it to the ground. It has outgrown it's space. I do love it though, it is very pretty. I need to move a new one that came up from a seed (about 10 ft. from the other one) !

Positive lovemyhouse On Nov 7, 2010, lovemyhouse from (Debra) Garland, TX wrote:

Have this one in the hottest, driest, heaviest clay-soil bed in my yard. Curbside, no less. The foliage stays mostly green and it does wilt without at least occasional supplemental water. After three years in the ground, though, it flowers up just fine. The bees love it. I prefer Summer Sorbet, but Sunshine Blue is "growing" on me. :-)

Negative msfeatherflower On Nov 15, 2009, msfeatherflower from Sugar Land, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Not as tenacious for me, a master gardener so I know how to grow. Bought this plant from mail order to grow it in Houston, Texas area. Couldn't handle the summer heat or drought or both. Died quickly in the middle of the summer. Big disappointment.

Positive ShrubSource On Mar 26, 2009, ShrubSource from Zeeland, MI wrote:

Caryopteris - Sunshine Blue Bluebeard

Forget about growing other yellow-leaf Caryopteris varieties: Sunshine Blue is the standard for gold-leaf bluebeard, and that's just the leaves! This variety of Caryopteris is larger, more woody, and hardier than the typical. Stronger growing than 'Worcester Gold', it also has larger, brighter yellow foliage. Sunshine Blue has rich blue appealing flowers that overwhelm the pale blue blooms of other cultivars. The flowers and foliage have a pleasant scent, and may be cut for use in arrangements. It is a great contrast plant that will add season long color to the garden, looks stunning next to dark green plants. Bluebeard is a useful plant in the landscape, especially for drier conditions. Use it in perennial beds, mixed borders, or as a mass planting in dry, sunny areas. Dies back to the ground in the northern states (roots are hardy).

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 17, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Caryopteris 'Sunshine Blue' BLUE MIST SHRUB Dec (z6)
What a combination!: deep amethyst-blue flowers on a background of sunny-yel leaves; a rounded 3'eye-catcher for border or accent.S/M PPAF

Positive DreamOfSpring On Mar 7, 2007, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

I can certainly vouch for the tenacity of of this plant. I have ignored and abused mine in every conceivable way. If it were possible to kill it, mine would be dead. According to the literature this plant does best is sunshine and in a cool environment. I gave it neigher. For 2 years mine has sat in a 6" pot at the back of my North facing patio and behind a bunch of larger plants where a 2story house kept it in shade all day. Despite our punishing summer heat (Charleston, SC, Zone8b), it subsisted on rainwater in a parched pot that was dry more often than not. This winter it sat in the middle of the garden, exposed to the elements, its pot subjected to overnight temps as low as 28F. I can't remember ever having fertilized it. Mine doesn't look great, but despite all that abuse it is alive and starting to leaf out again for spring and last summer and fall it actually bloomed. I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do with just a little care.

Also, I kept mine in partial sun the 1st summer. In good light the leaves were a bright yellow-chartreuse. When kept in shade the petioles lengthened and the leaves became a light apple green.

Regional...

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

Susanville, California
Oxford, Connecticut
Hobart, Indiana
Princeton, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Easton, Maryland
Norton, Massachusetts
Hillsboro, Missouri
Troy, New Hampshire
Harrod, Ohio
Eugene, Oregon
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Irwin, Pennsylvania
New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Upper Saint Clair, Pennsylvania
Waverly, Pennsylvania
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Garland, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington
Walnut Grove, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin



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