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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'–12' high x 8'–12' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’ (S-0679)
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