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NEW ZEALAND CHASTE TREE
Vitex lucens

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Photo Locations: San Luis Obispo, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden - Santa Barbara, CA and Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA

General Notes

Large flowering tree for mild climates.

Native to New Zealand.

Family: Verbenaceae

Additional Common Names

NEW ZEALAND CHASTE TREE, Puriri

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 30 - 50 feet.

Width: 30 - 50 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Palmately Compound, Glossy Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Lavender or Pink. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Red Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches).

Bark Light Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 16 - 17 and 22 - 24.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Salinity Tolerance is Coastal Good.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Moderate Zone.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium Strong.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Vitex lucens Tree Record." 1995-2018. Feb 24, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/vitex-lucens >

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