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Vitex agnus-castus

Chaste tree

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Features

  • BloomsOctober to November
  • Height3m to 8m
  • Spread2m to 7m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourPurple, blue
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste tree). This species produces very long-lasting flowering sprays of fragrant, lavender and purple flowers. The bark and leaves are also aromatic when crushed or merely brushed against. The leaves usually do not appear until June, but by mid summer it will be in full bloom and will continue to provide flowers for some time

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Monk's pepper tree

Origin

S. Europe

Interest and use

Ornamental, fragrance, border, foliage

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilLight, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

They are moderately to marginally frost hardy, and will adapt to most soils, but will grow well in fertile soil with good drainage and plenty of summer moisture. Give them a sheltered spot with full sun. You can propagate from seeds in the autumn or spring or cuttings summer.

Propagation

You can propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer or by seed in autumn or spring.

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