Vitex agnus-castus 'ShoalsCreek'
Chaste tree produces a long stem of purple-blue flowers on new growth in the late spring and continues to bloom all summer into the fall. It is a favorite of butterflies! It is a multi-trunk bush or tree. Chaste tree is very hardy, both salt and drought-tolerant.
A tonic made of the leaves and seeds was used by monks believed to lower their libido, hence the name "Chaste" tree. It has palmate leaves that resemble the leaf of hemp.
An extract made from Vitex supposedly does a very good job of controlling PMS.
Prune in winter. Clean out the entire center of the tree, removing all side branches from main 4 to 5 trunks. Also remove messy, twiggy growth that tends to crowd the ends of the branches. As an option, cut entire plant to ground in winter. It will sprout in spring and bloom in summer, although later than chaste trees not pruned so severely. You can also force a second bloom in summer by removing the spent blooms as soon as they fade.
Tree Form: Bush
Bloom: Purple-blue blossoms Jun-Oct
Foliage: Palmate leaves
Pruning: Prune to shape the tree and control the height.
Light requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained upland soils pH 6.0-7.0
Hardiness Zone: 7-10
Available at farm for pickup 3-gallon, 7-gallon, 15-gallon, 30-gallon and 45-gallon. Please call for prices and availability.