Chaste tree

Vitex agnus-castus var. latifolia

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus var. latifolia)
VY-teks ag-nus-KAS-tus variety lat-ih-FOE-lee-ah
Genus:  Vitex

Chaste tree is a southern favorite beginning to gain favor across the country. Whether left to grow as a large, multistemmed shrub or cut back annually for a more compact look, this selection is a winner. Fine, lacy leaves are glossy and green. Bright blue flower panicles begin to form in early summer and continue through the heat of the season and into fall. This is a reasonably cold-hardy, deer-resistant woody plant, and while V. agnus-castus is typically considered a Zone 7 plant, the variety latifolia can be grown in Zone 6 and even in southern areas of Zone 5.

Noteworthy Characteristics:  Apparently, the ancient Greeks used an extract of this plant to “calm the male inner fire.” We're not sure how to put that to use in the garden.
Care:  These plants are happiest in full sun and well-drained soil.
Propagation:   From cuttings or by seed.
Problems:   Leaf spot, root rot, or scale insects.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower,
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Backyard,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Color,
Flowering Tree,
Foliage
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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