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Shoal Creek Chaste Tree

Foliage has strong fragrance when crushed.

Considering the lack of blue-flowering, summer-blooming trees and shrubs, we're surprised that more chaste trees aren't planted. Slender, 12" long flower spikes cover this deciduous shrub from early to late summer. Loved by hummingbirds and butterflies. Grows quickly to reach 15–20' tall. Thrives in hot, dry, sunny locations and tolerates high humidity and drought. One of the most spectacular flowering trees for the South. Potted. Zones 6–9.

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  • Botanical Name: Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek'
  • Height: 15-20 feet
  • Spacing: 12 feet
  • Depth: Same depth as in pot.
  • Spread: 12 feet
  • Light Required: Full sun
  • Color: Deep blue
  • Foliage: Gray green foliage, deciduous
  • Blooms: Summer
  • Zone: 6-9 Winter-hardy through Zone 6; in Zone 5, may be killed to the ground in winter, but will sprout and bloom the following summer.
  • Form: Multi-trunked tree with broad spreading habit
  • Flower Form: 12 inch long flower spikes
  • Pruning: Needs regular pruning to produce an attractive multi-trunked tree. Prune in winter. Clean out the entire center of the tree, removing all side branches from main 4 to 5 trunks. Also remove messy, twiggy growth that tends to crowd the ends of the branches. As an option, cut entire plant to ground in winter. It will sprout in spring and bloom in summer, although later than chaste trees not pruned so severely. You can also force a second bloom in summer by removing the first flush of blooms as soo

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