SelecTree: Tree Detail
NEW ZEALAND CHASTE TREE
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
Large flowering tree for mild climates.
Native to New Zealand.
Additional Common Names
NEW ZEALAND CHASTE TREE, Puriri
Erect or Spreading with a High Canopy.
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.
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." 1995-2019. Jan 22, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/vitex-lucens >