Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet'

Summer Sorbet Blue Mist Spirea, Bluebeard

Flowers and leaves

Flowers and leaves


Patents: PP#15935

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Caryopteris

Parent: Caryopteris x clandonensis

Category: Perennial

Zones: 6 to 8

Size: 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Dense, globular habit. Grey-green leaves with yellow margins. Deep blue flowers in summer to autumn. Attractive to bees and butterflies.


Branch sport of 'Kew Blue' discovered at West End Nurseries, Paignton, United Kingdom in 2001.

Other Cultivars: 

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Layman's in September 2010 and planted it in the 'One of Everything' garden. It performed well and remained green through the winter, although by the end of the winter one stem was dead. I removed it and it started growing fast in spring. In early summer another large stem browned out and died so I removed that. It continued growing fast and bloomed in late August. Each year part of the plant died in the winter but the rest came back strong. After the cold wet winter in 2014 however nothing came back.

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