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Vitex agnus-castus 30-60cm

Vitex agnus-castus 30-60cm

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Product Description

Vitex agnus-castus, commonly known as chaste tree or monk's pepper, is a deciduous shrub or small tree valued for its attractive spikes of fragrant, lavender-blue to lilac flowers and aromatic leaves. This Mediterranean native plant has been used for centuries for its various medicinal properties and is a popular choice for gardens and landscapes. Here's a brief description and some cultivation tips for Vitex agnus-castus:

Chaste tree is a deciduous shrub that typically reaches heights of 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 meters) with a similar spread. Its leaves are palmate, with five to seven lance-shaped leaflets, giving them an attractive and somewhat tropical appearance. In summer, chaste tree produces long, slender spikes of fragrant, tubular flowers in shades of lavender-blue, lilac, or pink. These flowers are highly attractive to pollinators, especially bees and butterflies. Following flowering, it develops small, round, and dark brown to black fruit clusters, which resemble peppercorns, hence the name "monk's pepper." The shrub is known for its aromatic foliage, which gives off a pleasant scent when crushed.

Cultivation:

  1. Location: Plant chaste trees in a location with full sun. They thrive in well-lit areas and require at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight daily.

  2. Soil: This shrub prefers well-draining soil with good fertility. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy and loamy soils, but it thrives in moderately moist, loamy soil.

  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the first year after planting. Once established, chaste trees are relatively drought-tolerant and can withstand periods of dryness. Water deeply when the top few inches of soil become dry.

  4. Pruning: Prune the shrub in late winter or early spring to shape it, remove dead or damaged branches, and promote vigorous growth. Pruning can help maintain a more compact and attractive form.

  5. Fertilization: Chaste trees do not typically require heavy fertilization. However, you can apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring to provide essential nutrients.

  6. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the shrub to conserve moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth.

  7. Pest and Disease Control: Chaste trees are generally resistant to most pests and diseases. However, monitor the shrub for signs of stress or issues and address them promptly.

  8. Propagation: You can propagate Vitex agnus-castus from hardwood cuttings taken in late autumn or early winter. Use a rooting hormone to encourage root development.

  9. Cold Tolerance: While chaste trees are generally hardy, they may require winter protection in very cold climates. Consider mulching the base and wrapping the shrub with burlap in severe winters.

Vitex agnus-castus is an alluring and fragrant addition to gardens and landscapes, attracting pollinators while providing a touch of Mediterranean charm. With proper care, it will flourish and reward you with its lovely blooms and aromatic foliage.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that picture 1 show adult plant not for sale, the offer is for a plant in the dimension indicated in title description. 

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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Plant height: 30-60cm

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