Proven Winners® Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard

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The Proven Winners® improved selection, the Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard PP 28,093 ( Caryopteris incana 'SMNCVH') is a brilliantly-colored flowering shrub with a gorgeous color combination! This is a cheerful and bright small flowering shrub with blue flowers that are especially eye-catching amid gold-tinted foliage and will be adored by your yard's butterflies!

Both the flowers and foliage have a pleasing scent and will continue their fabulous show from late summer and into fall! Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard features delicate, blue flowers that rise out and above the bright foliage, their airy nature an almost ethereal appearance for your landscape. The tiny, blue tufts of floral perfection are held aloft on stems strong enough to hold them erect as they sway on the breezes.

Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 5 to 9, these Blue Mist Spirea bushes grow 2-3 feet in height and width. These are deciduous shrubs in warm climates but act as herbaceous perennials in colder zones, dying back to the ground in the winter. Deer tend to pass it by, and it will be a relatively carefree plant for your landscape.

Planting and Application:

Sunshine Blue® II is a new, improved variety of the classic Sunshine Blue Bluebeard, and is more tolerant of cold climates. Sunshine Blue® II has an upright, compact nature and is a stronger plant than some other Bluebeard varieties.

These would be wonderful as container plants for your patio, or make a striking border for one of your garden beds. Bluebeard is great facer shrubs and low-growing edging, and this high-impact flowering bush really shows off with beauty and ease!

If you have a slope in your landscape, planting Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard en masse would create a spectacular effect! Thriving in hot, dry, sunny spots, Caryopteris are must-haves for en masse plantings, in rows along sunny pathways and sidewalks, and in Rock Gardens!

An excellent plant for attracting butterflies and bees, plant these colorful shrubs in your Butterfly garden while giving you plenty of colorful stems for cut flower bouquets!

  • Last-Season Lavender-Blue Flowers
  • Aromatic Sunny Foliage Color
  • Fragrant Top To Bottom
  • Cut Flowers & Attracts Butterflies
  • Works Well In Containers
  • Versatile Landscape Use, Low Hedges, Edging & Facer Plants

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For the most colorful foliage and the most flowers, provide a full sun location with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. However, in warmer climates, these shrubs can handle afternoon shade. Bluebeard must have very well-drained soil and moderate moisture throughout the growing season. Hardy, durable, and adaptable, Bluebeard is salt-tolerant and drought-tolerant once established. A 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch is a great idea to retain additional needed moisture.

Bluebeards bloom on this year's wood (new growth) and can be hard-pruned to maintain their trim shape. Growing as perennials in colder climates, leaving the foliage in place over winter to protect the crown from winter weather. In Zones 5 and 6, you can prune them back to the ground each spring before they start to grow. In Zones 7, 8, and 9, you can trim them back by half each year in early spring.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Adaptable To A Variety Of Well-Drained Soils
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Blooms On New Wood - Prune Early Spring
  • Deer & Pest-Resistant

A Proven Winners® selection, Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard is valued by many gardeners for its late-season color and blue-yellow color combo! You're sure to love it too! Now available at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Proven Winners® Sunshine Blue® II Bluebeard Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Caryopteris incana 'SMNCVH'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 2 - 3 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Blue
Foliage Sunny Yellow
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes