Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice

Blue Mist Spirea First Choice

 
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First Choice' is a newer selection with particularly deep blue flowers and a more compact mature size than other Blue Mist spirea. Blooming late summer it is an invaluable nectar source for bees and butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Early to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 30717

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24-48" tall x 48" wide (cutting propagated). An outstanding new Blue Mist cultivar, 'First Choice' is different from other varieties because of its tight branching habit and deep, deep blue late-summer flower spikes. Blooming after 'Longwood Blue', plant them both to have several months of flowering. Caryopteris is also a superb shrub for providing nectar for butterflies and other pollinators. Plant in non-clay soils and irrigate deeply but infrequently. Trim back by 1/3 to 1/2 in the spring every third year. Deadhead annually in the fall or spring. I like it paired with white flowered Fernbush.
SKU 30717
Common Name Blue Mist Spirea First Choice
Botanical Name Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Blue
Mature Height 24-48" tall
Mature Spread 48" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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    Preferred growing conditions:
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  • Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
  • Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
  • Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
  • Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly.
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  • Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
  • They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established.
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  • Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
  • Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
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4.0

Sun makes a huge difference

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  • Becomes rabbit food in the fall

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Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice:

Very attractive plant that bloomed profusely from mid-summer to frost. Unfortunately, it's also very attractive to local rabbits once the weather turns cold, and they have eaten it down to the ground. I don't expect it to re-emerge in the spring, though I could be surprised. I planted one of these in another part of the yard that's in part-shade, and it struggled to survive. Sparse blooms and leggy development were in stark contrast to the other examples I planted in full sun. which truly thrived throughout the summer. While I like the plant very much, it appears that rabbits will regularly consume it in the fall, and if it can't bounce back from that, I won't reorder or replant it.

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4.0

Slow growing

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Caryopteris clandonensis First Choice:

    I planted two of these, they were slow growing and finally bloomed late in the season. I hope they will do better next Spring.

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    5.0

    great plant

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      I like all the blue mist plants. This one is compact, which has it's uses, as it can be tucked in wherever it's needed without taking over the entire area.
      I have found all the caryopteris plants beautiful and sturdy, and hard to kill. I hope to never be without one in my yard.

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      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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