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Blue Balloon Caryopteris

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Korball'

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Blue Balloon Caryopteris (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Korball') at Dammann's Garden Company

Blue Balloon Caryopteris flowers

Blue Balloon Caryopteris flowers

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Bluebeard, Blue Spirea, Blue Mist Shrub

Description:

An attractive rounded shrub with stunning blue flowers held over dark green leaves; foliage has fuzzy undersides and is fragrant when crushed; a true butterfly magnet for the garden

Ornamental Features

Blue Balloon Caryopteris features dainty cymes of blue flowers along the branches from late summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has attractive dark green foliage with silver undersides throughout the season. The fuzzy oval leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Balloon Caryopteris is an open multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. 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.

Blue Balloon Caryopteris is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Blue Balloon 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 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.

Blue Balloon Caryopteris makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used 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