Caryopteris x clandonensis

‘White Surprise’



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Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘White Surprise’


A newer “Bluebeard” variety. 
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘White Surprise’ is a beauty.
As it provides long lasting interest with its green and rich cream variegated foliage.
Plus the normal lovely blue summer-autumn flowers.
It also a more compact grower than than its parent.

As the name states, it really was a ‘White Surprise’ when found as a chance sport in a batch of the original ‘Heavenly Blue’ variety.
But it produces the same masses of indigo-blue to violet-blue flowers from late summer through into autumn.

Growing: Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘White Surprise’

– Height with flowers: 80cm approx. ‘White Surprise is a very compact growing variety.
– Width: Rounded, compact shrub to a diameter of 40cm – 60cm approx.
– Position: Full Sun to Partial Shade. Caryopteris really is a very un-fussy plant.
– Soil: Caryopteris enjoy well drained soil and they can tolerate periods of dry or limited water well. However they do not enjoy waterlogged or very heavy clay soils.
So soils from sandy, gravel. stony to garden loam, are all acceptable. Plus soil pH on either the acid or alkaline lime side of neutral is also acceptable.

Easy low care

– Water-wise: Caryopteris are recommended for water-conscious gardeners. So normal, average garden watering keeps them very happy, because they are not particularly thirsty plants.
– Frost:
Caryopteris are very frost hardy, as they are able to withstand frosts down to -20C approx.
– Growth: Hardy deciduous shrub
– Care: An easy and low care option. Stems should be cut back hard every year or two when the plant is deciduous in winter. This will renew the growth for better flowering. As well as help keep the shrub compact and strong.

– Fragrance: Aromatic foliage
– Beneficial for wildlife: The sweet flowers are magnets for bees, butterflies, and other valuable pollinators. Because the mass of blooms is rich in nectar and pollen. 
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: It is left alone by nibbling pests because they do not like the aromatic foliage.

– Origin: Caryopteris x cladonensis ‘White Surprise’ is a naturally occurring chance sport. It was discovered by Dutch nurseryman, Jan Jacob Bos in 2005. So while he was working away in his batch of normal Caryopteris ‘Heavenly Blue’, he spotted an unusual branch with variegated foliage.
Of course he cut it off and reproduced it, hoping the variegation would remain stable. Sure enough. So ‘White Surprise’ has become a favourite with gardeners all around the world.


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