Caryopteris x clandonensis 'FERNDOWN'

Caryopteris x clandonensis
Caryopteris x clandonensis 'FERNDOWN'
bluebeard, blue spirea
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-1m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:blue-green a green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS +různobarevné:violet a deep purple
BLOOMING TIME August - September
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Ferndown is a bluebeard variety offering a little bit more compact habit as opposed to the species. In late summer it has profusion of deep violet blue flowers that attract bumble bees and butterflies. The narrowly lance-shaped leaves are somewhat blue-green with silvery undertone. They have an interesting scent which recalls cooking herbs. From pollinated flowers Ferndown bluebeard manages to makes seeds in mid autumn, they are green and blue so the colour play continues even after the flowers have gone.

The shrub grows fast and has to be pruned hard every spring to about one third of previous year’s growth to encourage strong, new branching that will bloom even more profusely. It forms an airy bush yet keeping a nice fountain-like habit. It is a very nice addition to late summer and autumn borders combining well with pink gauras and feathery grasses.

Bluebeard is soil tolerant, however, it does best in fertile, very well-drained soil in full sun. Fully hardy to about -25°C, in free-draining soil even to -27°C (USDA zone 5b). In zones 4 and 5a it acts like a perennial.

Last update 18-10-2015
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LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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