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
Further Reading....
  • 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

VITEX agnus-castus

 
  • 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
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Vitex agnus castus - Growing Guide
2m (6½ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2m (6½ft)
 

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