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Delta Blues Chaste Tree - Vitex
Delta Blues Chaste Tree is a fast growing small tree or shrub that produces an abundance of fragrant, nectar-rich, dark bluish-purple flower spikes resembling Salvia. More details below!

Delta Blues Chaste Tree - Vitex

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Delta Blues Chaste Tree
Vitex agnus-castus 'PIIVAC-I'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 5a, where this Vitex is not winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Delta Blues Chaste Tree is a fast growing small tree or shrub that produces an abundance of fragrant, nectar-rich, dark bluish-purple flower spikes resembling Salvia. The flowers are irresistible to hummingbirds, butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects. After the flowers, birds will have a fiesta with the shiny red seeds in the Fall, especially red cardinals. If you are into birds, this is a must have tree that will provide a free source of food for your feathered friends. The sage-scented, gray-green leaves resemble Japanese maple leaves add nice texture, color, and sensory appeal in the landscape. Depending on your preference, Delta Blues Chaste Tree quickly grows into a multi or single-trunk shrub or small tree to about 15 feet tall and wide.



Landscape & Garden Uses

Depending on your preference, Chaste Tree quickly grows into a multi- or single-trunk shrub or small tree to about 8-10 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide. In design, we use it as we do upright Japanese maple: as a focal point specimen tree, in groupings of three or more where space allows, or to frame in the corners of homes and other structures. Grown as a shrub, when planted in straight or staggered rows it makes a colorful hedge, and looks especially nice around garden ponds and other bodies of water and in rock gardens. A worthy addition to bird, butterfly, and pollination gardens!

Spacing:  6' for solid hedge; 14' + for space between plants



Cultural Preferences

Chaste Tree will grow in most any average soil, including clay soils. It prefers a moist but well-drained soil however will tolerate temporary wet conditions. As with so many other ornamental shrubs and trees, constantly wet soil can be problematic. Good drought tolerance when established.

Note:  The chaste tree is cold hardy in USDA Zones 5a-9b. In USDA Zones 5 and 6  young plants might die back to the ground during an unusually cold winter. If so, cut the plant back to the ground like you would a butterfly bush and it will quickly regrow to a 4 to 6' shrub.



Helpful Articles

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Deciduous Flowering Shrub or Tree
Height at Maturity:  8-10'
Width at Maturity:  8-10'
Spacing:  6' for solid hedge; 14'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Broad, Upright
Growth Rate: Very Fast
Flower Color:  Rich Purple Blue
Flower Size:  Large, 8-10" long x 1 - 1.5" wide
Flowering Period:  Late Spring, Summer
Flower Type:  Single, in long terminal spikes
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes
Foliage Color:  Gray-Green
Fragrant Foliage:  Yes, aromatic
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, very low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sand, Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Moist to somehwat dry, well-drained
Soil pH:  6.0 - 7.5 (Slighty Acidic to Slightly Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Very low when left in it's natural form
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Pollinating Insects, Song Birds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect, Wet Soils



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