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White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'White Surprise'

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White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'White Surprise') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris flowers

White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris flowers

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White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'White Surprise') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris

White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Variegated Bluebeard, Blue Spirea, Blue Mist Shrub

Description:

Light, airy shrub with light-blue flowers held over blue-green and white variegated leaves; foliage has fuzzy undersides and is fragrant when crushed; a true butterfly magnet for the garden

Ornamental Features

White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris features dainty cymes of lavender flowers along the branches from late summer to early fall, which emerge from distinctive blue flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive bluish-green foliage edged in white which emerges buttery yellow in spring. The fuzzy oval leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Suprise Varigated 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.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

White Suprise Varigated Caryopteris will grow to be about 3 feet 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 fast 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.

White Suprise Varigated 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. 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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