Caryopteris 'Sunshine Blue II'

Caryopteris 'Sunshine Blue II'

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The hardiest caryopteris yet!

Sunshine Blue II is a new, improved variety of the classic Sunshine Blue, but it's much more tolerant of cold climates. If you've had trouble with bluebeard surviving winter in your area in the past, now's your chance to enjoy the vivid gold foliage and blue blooms of this late blooming favorite. An excellent plant for attracting pollinators!

Top reasons to grow Sunshine Blue II caryopteris:

- The hardiest caryopteris yet - survives winter even in the Midwest.

- Colorful all season, especially late in summer when blue flowers appear.

- Thrives in hot, dry, sunny spots.

Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Drought Tolerant


Plant Type: 
Shrub Type: 
Height Category: 
Garden Height: 
 24 - 36 Inches
 24 - 36 Inches
 24 - 36 Inches
Flower Colors: 
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Foliage Shade: 
Container Role: 


Light Requirement: 
Maintenance Category: 
Blooms On: 
 New Wood
Bloom Time: 
 Late Summer

 Early Fall
Hardiness Zones: 
 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Water Category: 
Needs Good Drainage
 Border Plant


 Edging Plant



 Mass Planting
Maintenance Notes: 

Plant bluebeard in full sun and well-drained soil. Though Sunshine Blue II tolerates colder conditions than other caryopteris, it will do best if you avoid planting it in spots where the soil is cold or wet in winter and early spring. Cut back hard in spring, after the new growth emerges. Avoid late season planting in coldest parts of its hardiness range.

Fun Facts: 

Caryopteris is sometimes called "blue mist spirea," even though it is not remotely related to spirea. To be sure you get the right plant, ask your garden center for Caryopteris or bluebeard.

Sunshine Blue® II Caryopteris incana 'SMNCVH' USPP 28,093, Can PBRAF