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VITEX agnus-castus

Commonly known as Chaste tree, Monk's pepper tree

Attractive spreading aromatic shrub with fragrant violet flowers in slender racemes at the end of the summer
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Estimated availability autumn 2021 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
£16.00 each

Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2021
  • Deciduous - 5- or 7-palmate leaves, composed of slender, narrowly elliptic, pointed, entire or slightly toothed leaflets to 10cm (4in), or more, long.
  • Blue - violet
  • Height - 2m (6½ft)
  • Spread - 2m (6½ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - open, spreading habit. Produces flowers in slender, upright, terminal panicles 13-18cm (5-7in) long.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from cold drying winds in frosty areas
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - grows taller in ideal conditions.
  • Medicinal properties - powdered seeds are said to dampen sexual urges. The plant name arose from its reputation in securing chastity in Greek women. However clinical studies have shown its beneficial effects in the management of Premenstrual Stress Syndrome - PMS and infertility
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - Mediterranean to central Asia
  • Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Woodland garden -
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf form - Palmate - see photos above
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Elliptic - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers -
  • Scented foliage
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
  • Wildlife - Butterfly friendly -
Vitex agnus castus - Growing Guide
2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft)

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