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Chaste tree

Vitex agnus-castus

Showy bluish-purple flowers bloom all summer on this small, often multi-trunked tree. Needs well draining soils to thrive; do not over-water.

SMUD Availability:
Yes
Size:
Small
Height:
10-15 ft
Width:
15-20 ft
Water Needs:
Low
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
Shrubby
Fall color:
None
Flowers:
Yes
Growth Rate:
Fast
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
No major pests. Leaf spot and root rot can be a problem, especially in wet conditions.
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
No, more shrublike growth habit

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 6 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 6 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 3 feet
  • between trees: 12 feet

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