Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-castus


The Chaste Tree is a small deciduous tree or large shrub with large spikes (6 to 8 inches) of blue-violet flowers in early summer. Its flowers attract bees and butterflies when in bloom. It prefers to grow as a multi-trunk tree, but can be pruned to a single trunk.


This tree will tolerate dry conditions, but will perform better with light water. It can be planted in small or narrow areas where there is not room for a larger tree, and pruned to achieve the desired clearance and shading. For best appearance, prune after bloom.

Chaste Tree
Chaste Tree

Height: 12 to 20 feet
Spread: 12 to 20 feet
Growth Rate: slow to moderate

Irrigation needed: low to medium water
Fall Color: none
Flowers:  6- to 8-inch tall clusters of blue violet flowers
Seeds/Fruit: 1/8-inch round seeds

Planting Distances
Front of green utility box: 8 feet
Building, paving, swimming pool: 6 feet
Fence, underground utilities: 3 feet
OK to plant under high voltage lines