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Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
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Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-castus Shoal Creek

Vitex

Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ full sun

With cannabis-style palmate foliage and a virtuous history of helping both European monks and Demeter devoted Greek women remain chaste, this woody Verbena relative is anything but modest. Late in the spring, young downy wood and numerous branching stems forge a broad swath clothed in 5-fingered, lancelike leaflets brightened by silver felted undersides. Beat-the-heat colors distinguish the refreshing summer display as upright and spiky, nearly foot long panicles of dense, lilac-blue tubular flowers extend out from a stout rounded shrub or small tree.

The aromatic, easy-to-grow Chaste Tree is a deciduous, sun-loving Mediterranean native whose stature depends on how severe the winters are or how far back its been trimmed. Enticing to hummingbirds and gardeners alike, it appreciates well drained soil and a hard cut in early spring, endures some drought once established and bestows a restful grace note to the mixed border.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 8' 0"–12' 0" high x 8' 0"–12' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ (S-0679)
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Sterling spring blooming shrubs, all dressed in classy green leaves and crisp white flowers. Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ is the largest of our featured shrubs, fashioning graceful somewhat horizontal branches adorned with snowy lace caps. Cultivated since 1868, well-loved Spiraea x vanhouttei makes a shapely low maintenance addition to sunny mixed borders, while smaller-statured Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko' offers a galaxy of dainty white blooms perfect for the rockery, nestled along steps or in a container.

Head turning Perennials

Nearly 65” of rain coupled with chilly spring days spawned a remarkable surge of lush foliar growth, plus spectacular long-lasting flowers in our nursery & garden this year. Spring is always such an exciting time as we watch the multitude of leaves, buds and blooms that seemingly unfurl over night plus the numerous new shoots stretching skyward. Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’s delicate golden foliage glows in dappled shady niches, while the dark leaves of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge's exquisite domes, and the richly colored Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ promise to turn more than a few heads in your garden. Perhaps you could let Campanula ‘Blue Waterfall’ cascade down your garden steps, or brighten up a sunny bed with Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’. We hope you’ll make room for a few of these shrubs & perennials. Our extensive display borders which surround the nursery are now open through Colombus Day weekend. Our first guided Saturday Stroll is June 24th., followed by July 15th & 29th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer.

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