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Vitex agnus-castus (Vitex, Chaste Tree)

Vitex, Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-castus

Vitex, also known as Chaste Tree, is a small deciduous ornamental tree that grows fairly fast and is tolerant of adverse environments such as heat, drought, high winds, and poor soil types. Although native to Europe and Asia, it has become naturalized in the southern states and used extensively.

Aromatic palmately compound leaves have 5 to 7 leaflets that are dark green on top and grey-green on the bottom. Thanks to the unique leaves it is sometimes mistaken for marijuana. When in bloom it is also easily mistaken for Buttterfly Tree.

Flower clusters appear on the season’s new growth in the late spring, forming a display of multiple flower spikes at the end of the branches, continuing through the summer; butterflies, bees, and humming birds will visit throughout the blooming period. Colors in cultivation include violet, blue, purple, and white.

Small Blooming Tree
Specimen Tree

Flower Color:

Blueish-Purple

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Height

10-15 Feet

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Spread

10-15 Feet

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Vitex agnus-castus

Prune in winter, as blooms only appear on new growth.

Interesting Notes


USDA Hardiness Zone 6b

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VITX-15 VITEX, AGNUS-CASTUS View Current Crop Photo
VITX-30 VITEX, AGNUS-CASTUS View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
High
Exposure
Full Sun
Habit
Deciduous
Water Needs
Low