Caryopteris x clandonensis

Are you looking to add year-round beauty to your open spaces? The Blue Mist spirea (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Blue Mist‘) can provide your landscape with a little charm. This gorgeous flowering shrub puts on a show all season long. The Blue Mist spirea makes a perfect addition to those spaces that need an extra pop of color.

Blue Mist Spirea Attributes

The Blue Mist spirea is also called the Bluebeard, and it is a low-mounded, deciduous shrub prized for its late summer flowers and aromatic scent. The blooms have a slight resemblance to blue clouds or mist. This flowering shrub keeps its mounded form throughout the year, and it grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet.

The flowers are 2 to 3 inches in height and width. Along the length of the stems, you will find panicles of these small clustered blooms. Its oval green leaves produce an aromatic scent when you brush them with your hands. These blue flowers bloom from the late summer into fall. When other plants have finished blooming for the season, this hardy choice continues to add color to your outdoor spaces.

Blue Mist spireas are known to attract local pollinators in your yard. You will notice an abundance of butterflies and bees heading to your landscape to sip on the nectar from the feathery blue blooms.

Spirea Blue Mist



  • Watering Needs: Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Botanical Pronunciation: kar-ee-OP-ter-iss klan-doh-NEN-sis
    Plant type: Shrub

    Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
    Growth rate: Moderate
    Average landscape size: Reaches 2 1/2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.

  • Special features: Attracts Butterflies, Compact Form, Waterwise


  • Dramatic Foliage: Color, Easy Care
  • Foliage color: Gray-green
  • Blooms: Late Summer
  • Flower color: Blue
  • Flower attributes:Flowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Cottage, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: A highly versatile small shrub blends in well in a variety of themed gardens such as cottage, tropical and Mediterranean. Place in the front of sunny beds and borders in groups of three or more. Excellent choice for late-summer color in compositions featuring lower growing, shrubbier herbs and woody perennials. Great for along white picket fences or to flesh out raised planters. Small enough to fit nicely into city gardens and town-house yards.
  • Companion Plants:Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Blue Fescue (Festuca); Coneflower (Echinacea); Shasta Daisy (Chrysanthemum)

Blue Mist Spirea Landscape Uses

These Blue Mist spireas are well-known for their low maintenance and high visual impact in a landscape. In those high-profile areas, the Blue Mist spirea shines with its silvery-gray leaves and fresh-smelling perfume. With its tight mound of foliage, the Blue Mist spirea presents a soft and polished appearance. You might want to add these magnificent plants in a row to create a low, solid hedge for your landscape. They make the perfect addition as a border for a driveway or walkway.

They can fill out those bare spaces throughout your property. You want to space them about 18 inches apart from the center. As the shrubs develop, their branches will grow together as you are left with a bounty of featherlike blooms and stunning foliage. You can use them in those sunny garden beds for an attractive element. In those mixed garden beds, the Blue Mist spirea pops with a beautiful blue color.

Since they are known to produce sweet nectar, the Blue Mist is an exceptional choice in a pollinator garden. If you pair them with early and mid-season bloomers, you will have bees and butterflies flocking to your yard throughout the year. The Blue Mist spirea can excel in an outdoor container. They will make a fabulous addition as a thriller in the center or act as a filler around the pot.

Blue Mist Spirea Planting and Care

The Carol Mackie daphne will grow to three to four feet tall, and they are at least the same size in width. The shrub will form a rounded and dense form. Its small, oblong leaves are edged in a creamy white color that will look fresh throughout the season. In some variations, the edges can turn from white to a golden hue.

In mild climates, the leaves will remain evergreen. However, in those cold conditions, you may see the leaves drop. In some cases, the Carol Mackie daphne is slow to produce leaves in the spring. Some plants growing in adjacent areas will have varying leaf development times. This shrub is rated as hardy in zones 5 to 9.

These daphnes will do well when planted in partial shade to full sun. They also can tolerate any well-draining soil. Once the plant has established, it is almost impossible to move it without any damage. Many daphnes are finicky, and they can die without proper care. These shrubs are susceptible to root rot. For that reason, you will need to place them in areas with good drainage. The Carol Mackie daphne loves consistent moisture, but they will tolerate drought conditions once it is established. However, during arid conditions, the daphne will drop its leaves.

The Carol Mackie daphnes are resistant to deer, but you may see pests under the stems in the winter. Minor pruning is beneficial for this shrub. During the winter, you should make sure that heavy snow does not split open the plant or break off branches. The Carol Mackie is prone to this type of damage in the winter. If you are looking to limit the damage during winter storms, then you will need to prune the shrub. For many years, experts suggested never to prune daphnes, but it is now recommended to prune these plants, especially the Carol Mackie variety. Regular pruning will help to keep the daphne in great shape. You will want to remove up to one-fourth of the old-growth after this daphne has matured. Since the bark is susceptible to tears, you must be careful when pruning. Heavy fertilization can also promote soft growth that can cause damage to the shrub.

The Blue Mist Spirea Is an Exceptional Choice

Caryopteris x clandonensis

This sophisticated late bloomer makes a great addition to your yard. You can enjoy the powdery-blue flowers from late summer to fall. With its silver-green foliage, you want to use this elegant shrub for your next landscape project.

Let us bring this stunner home to you. We have a large selection of plants, trees, and shrubs. At Arbor Valley Nursery, our team will help you find the right landscaping element for your customers and business. If you want to learn more about the Blue Mist spirea, please fill out the contact form.

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