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Deciduous Trees (Flowering) – Chaste Tree

  • Chaste tree

Botanical name: vitex agnus-castus 

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: about 15 ft tall

Bloom time: summer/early fall 

Hardy zone: zones 5-11 

Flower color: pink/white/purple

Foliage color: green

Growth rate:  up to 2 ft a year

Pruning instructions: prune in the winter/early spring before flowering begins 

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: small tree/border 

Light needs: at least 6 hours of sun a day 

Special features: berries with medical benefits 

Watering instructions: keep soil dry to medium moisture levels 

Fertilizing instructions : use 10-10-10 in the early spring 

Best time to plant: spring or fall

Best type of soil: sandy

Companion plants: hydrangeas, irises, maiden grass

Toxicity level: non-toxic for humans and mildly toxic for pets 

Invasive species: yes

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