Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis Blue Balloon®) in the Bluebeards Database

Trade name information:
Trade Name: Blue Balloon®
Cultivar name: 'Korball'
General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Other: Blooms on current season's growth and may need to be hard pruned in spring in areas with severe winters.
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Pistil (Lake Stevens, WA - Zone 8a) on Apr 10, 2017 2:34 PM

A favorite, really nice shrub. I cut it to about 8" tall in early spring, then it grows to about 4 ft tall. In late summer it is covered with flowers, the bees go nuts. I never do anything to it except cut it down every year, it tolerates terrible summer drought and soggy Seattle winters in clay. The leaves are fresh and nice all spring and summer. I think it might get huge if I did not cut it down, even in a cold winter it does not die back to the roots here. It does not spread out and take over the flowerbed, and I have had just one seedling in all these years. I had tried 'Dark Knight' twice, each time it only lasted one year. For this area, 'Blue Balloon' seems like a much tougher cultivar.

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