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Sapphire Surf™ Caryopteris

Category:

Light, airy shrub with striking amethyst blue flowers held over dark green leaves; a true butterfly magnet for the garden or containers

Characteristics

Species:
x clandonensis
Other Species Names:
Bluebeard, Blue Spirea, Blue Mist Shrub
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Caryopteris
Cultivar:
Blauer Splatz
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
closed
Density:
open
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
blue
Flower Period:
from late summer to early fall
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Sapphire Surf™ Caryopteris is clothed in stunning cymes of blue flowers along the branches from late summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The oval leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Sapphire Surf™ Caryopteris is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Sapphire Surf™ Caryopteris will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Sapphire Surf™ Caryopteris makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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