Bluebeard (Caryopteris incana Sunshine Blue®) in the Bluebeards Database

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Sunshine Blue®
Cultivar name: 'Jason'
Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 2-2.5 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Fragrant
Other: Toothed, ovate to lance-shaped golden leaves (to 1.5 inches long) retain good golden color throughout the heat of the summer. Foliage is aromatic when brushed with a hand.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: Blooms on current season's growth and may need to be hard pruned in spring in areas with severe winters.
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Amethyst blue
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: July to September
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights: PPAF; CPBR2316
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2009 Great Plant Picks award winner
Child plants: 4 child plants

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Comments:
Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 9:49 AM

Much more manageable than the Blue Knight and Longwood varieties. Stays much smaller (no more than 2'x2'). VERY xeric. Tolerant of poor soil. Does not seed everywhere like other varieties. The blue flowers are not as intense, but still look wonderful against the yellow leaves. Does not tolerate shade.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 5:20 AM

Slow-growing, which can be a plus. Seeds can be winter sown. The woody stem is fragile, so plant it out of the way of foot traffic, because it can break easily.

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