Caryopteris x clandonensis 'First Choice'

First Choice Blue-mist Shrub, Bluebeard




Patents: PP#11958

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Caryopteris

Parent: Caryopteris x clandonensis

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: To 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Dark purple-blue flowers in late summer. Tight branching habit. Selected for its compact growth, long bloom period, erect stems and flower color. Drought and heat tolerant. May root as branches touch the ground. Attractive to bees and butterflies.


Patent filed by Catt, Peter of Liss Forest Nursery in Hampshire, UK in 1999. From patent application: The new cultivar is the result of a seedling selection program that began in 1988 with the objective of developing a cultivar with a compact plant habit and a stronger flower color. Seeds were originally collected by the inventor at Liss Forest Nursury in Hampshire, UK. Seedlings were selected, open-pollinated, and reselected over five subsequent generations. Seeds were originally collected from the cultivars Caryopteris×clandonensis `Heavenly Blue` (unpatented) and Caryopteris×clandonensis `Kew Blue` (unpatented). In five subsequent generations, the most promising seedlings were selected, open-pollinated and observed for further seed collection. The new Caryopteris was discovered in a seed bed sown of these various unidentified crosses of Caryopteris×clandonensis seed in 1992.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased a 3" pot from Big Bloomers in October 2012 and potted it up for the winter. In early spring I planted it in the Five Trees Garden. It was eaten by rabbits then got too wet and died in summer 2014.

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