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Vitex negundo

Common Name(s):
Chastetree
Categories:
Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Does best in hot weather; can be severely pruned in spring; cut off faded flowers to promote continuous flowering; large shrub or small tree.  May be pruned to the ground in early spring like a perennial to envirograte growth. Interesting foilage makes an attractive shrub boarder.

Wildlife Value:  Attracts butterflies.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Leaf spot and root rot occasionally affect stressed plants.  It may suffer from frost damages during cold winters.

Height:
10-15 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, compound palmate grayish green leaves; 3-7 leaflets; tomentose below
Flower:
Fragrant, small blue-purple, lilac, or lavender flowers in loose clusters on 5-8 in. panicles in summer on new growth
Zones:
6-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun; loose, moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Loosely branched; open vase-shaped shrub or small tree
Width:
6-10 ft.
Growth Rate:
Rapid
Tags:
small tree, showy flowers, deciduous, gray leaves, nectar, butterflies, shrub boarder, fragrant flowers, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 1849

Vitex negundo Flowers
Dinesh Valke, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Vitex negundo Flowers
Dinesh Valke, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Vitex negundo Flowers
Dinesh Valke, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Vitex negundo Leaves
Dinesh Valke, CC BY-SA - 4.0
Vitex negundo Form
Krzysztof Ziarnek, CC BY-SA - 4.0