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Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’
Vitex agnus-castus ‘Shoal Creek’

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With cannabis-style palmate foliage and a virtuous history of helping both European monks and Demeter-devoted Greek women remain chaste, this woody Verbena relative is anything but modest. Late in the spring, young downy wood and numerous branching stems forge a broad swath clothed in 5-fingered, lance-like leaflets brightened by silver-felted undersides. Beat-the-heat colors distinguish the refreshing summer display as upright and spiky, nearly foot-long panicles of dense, lilac blue tubular flowers extend out from a stout rounded shrub or small tree. The aromatic, easy-to-grow Chaste Tree is a deciduous, sun-loving Mediterranean native whose stature depends on how severe the winters are or how far back its been trimmed. Enticing to hummingbirds and gardeners alike, it relishes well-drained soil and a hard cut in early spring, endures some drought once established and bestows a restful grace note to the mixed border.

Blooms August–September

Size: 8' 0" – 12' 0" high x 8' 0" – 12' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

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Our Featured Plant:  • Heptacodium miconioides

Click here to view our mid October 2019 Newsletter featuring "Heptacodium minoniodes: A Shrub for all seasons & Salvia Splendor!

Heptacodium miconiodes: A Shrub for all Seasons....

A denizen of China, this magnificent large shrub or small-scale deciduous tree promises to inspire you no matter what the season. Large, lustrous rich green foliage is narrowly heart-shaped amid unique exfoliating bark, which peels in thin strips to reveal a warm cinnamon-brown hue. Housed in creamy white clusters, attractive fragrant blossoms unfurl in autumn, and are followed by spectacular masses of small fruit lodged inside rosy purple calyces. Preferring moist sunny alcoves, the rounded muli-stemmed habit thwarts pests, withstands most soil types, and requires little maintenance.

Savor Late Season Salvia Blooms...

Many Salvias unleash a profusion of prismatic flowers well into autumn or up to the first frost. Offering an array of sizes, leaves and flowers, some Salvias bear bicolored blooms such as S. mexicana ‘Compton’s Form’, which sports a persistent darker-hued calyx. Even after its petals are spent, the uniquely colored calyces extend a foliar effect for weeks. Beloved by pollinators, floral designers and gardeners alike, these easy-care perennials and bushy subshrubs are tailor-made for cottage gardens, mixed borders, perennial plantings, rockeries or containers. We’ve included a handful of other plants lending late season allure that can be planted amongst the featured Salvias.

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