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CHASTE TREE
Vitex agnus-castus

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Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT, San Diego, CA and River Banks Botanical Garden - Columbia, SC

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Chaste Tree usually becomes a large shrub, or small tree if the trunks are trained and pruned. Its summer flowering is especially attractive, and it is quite useful in a water conserving or dry garden setting. It tolerates dry ordinary soils without much care other than occasional deep watering. It is resistant to oak root fungus and durable. Its height rarely exceeds 25'.

Has fragrant Flower and Leaf.

Native to Mediterranean Region.

Family: Verbenaceae

Tree Characteristics

Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Rounded, Umbrella or Vase Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 10 - 15 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmately Compound with Elliptic Leaflets, Gray Green or Dark Green, Bronze, Gold or No Change, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Blue or Lavender. Flowers in Summer or Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Black Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.

Bark Dark Gray or Light Gray, Blocky, Furrowed or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Low to Moderately Dense out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 4 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Good Inland.

Seaside Tolerance is Good to Medium in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Resistant to Oak Root Fungus.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Bees.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Vitex agnus-castus Tree Record." 1995-2017. Oct 20, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/vitex-agnus-castus >

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