Long appreciated for its herbal uses, chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is pretty enough to be worth growing just for its ornamental features. In mild areas (roughly south of Zone 7), it can grow as a large shrub or small tree, reaching 10 to 15 feet tall. In Zones 5 to 7, it’s usually more of a medium-sized shrub. Winter cold can kill the stem tips partway or even all the way to the ground, but that’s okay because the plant blooms on new growth, generally reaching 4 to 6 feet by bloom time in mid- to late summer (continuing into early fall). Showy sprays of small, light purple-blue to medium purple flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflies. The palmately compound leaves are delightfully aromatic too. Full sun. Zones 5 to 10. Chaste tree may self-sow and is considered invasive in some areas, so you may want to do some further research before adding this shrub to your garden in mild climates.
Collected in late September 2022. At least 15 seeds.
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