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Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’

Description

'Shoal Creek' chastetree is native to southern Europe and western Asia and grows into a multi-trunked, large shrub, ranging in height from 10 to 15 feet, with a broad, spreading growth habit. Unlike the typical species, 'Shoal Creek' is an improved cultivar that possesses larger spikes of violet-blue flowers.

'Shoal Creek' chastetree thrives in full sun and will tolerate most soil conditions, as long as the soil is well-drained  This plant selection is exceptionally more vigorous in growth than other varieties of Vitex.  Once this shrub becomes established, it is very low-maintenance and extremely drought tolerant.

It has the potential to become invasive- consider planting native shrubs.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Vitex
    Species:
    agnus-castus
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern Europe and Central Asia
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    12 inch long panicles of lilac-purple blooms
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Stems have 5-7 lance-shaped palmate leaflets that are grayish-green and up to 6" long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators