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Chaste Trees Have Great Color

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus), sometimes called the Lilac Chaste Tree grows up to 20 feet with an equal spread, this tree is best used as an extensive background shrub to a small multiple trunk shade tree for your residential and/or commercial landscapes. Needing summer heat for flowering, it is no surprise that the Chaste tree grows well under full or reflective sun and does best in well-drained, fertile soil but they also tolerate drier soils with sufficient irrigation. From summer to fall, long slender flowers grow and bloom beautifully ranging from bright blue to lavender. It also produces small, black, fleshy fruits. The Chaste tree is not particularly susceptible to pests or diseases. Though thornless, these plants become quite messy once the leaves begin to fall, and the pleasantly scented flowers often attract butterflies and bees. Best to put them in an open area like in mini-oasis zones. Fun fact: the Chaste tree is also known as monk’s pepper as it was used by medieval monks who found that chewing its leaves helped them maintain their vows of celibacy.

Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) in Phoenix

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