Vitex or Chaste Tree
Deciduous large multi stemmed shrub or small round-headed tree. From Southern Europe and Western Asia.
- Scientific Name:
- Vitex agnus-castus
- Mature Height:
- 10 - 15'
May grow to 25' in some locations
- Mature Spread:
- 15 - 20'
- 5 - 7 narrow lobes (palmate) aromatic gray-green leaves. No fall color.
- Small, lavender blue flowers in 6 - 12" spikes as branch ends. Also white and pink varieties. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Blooms spring to fall.
- Fleshy, black, no significant litter.
- Root System:
- No large surface roots.
- Growth Rate:
- Rapid when young.
- Cultural Notes:
- Prefers a loose, well-drained soil on the dry side. Full sun. Tolerates alkaline soil. Resists oak root fungus.
- Sacramento Specimen:
- 2390 Drayton Drive, 95825
Minimum Planting Distances
- from SMUD pad mounted equipment (such as a transformer mounted on a concrete pad): 8 feet
- from a building foundation: 6 feet
- from walks and driveways: 5 feet
- from an air conditioner: 3 feet
- from a fence: 3 feet
- from a utility offset (such as an underground line, pipe or cable): 3 feet
- from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 0 feet
- from a swimming pool: 6 feet
- from a septic system: 15 feet
- between trees*: 12 feet
* To calculate the planting distance between different size trees, add the distances between each species in the column and divide answer in half. Example: the distance between a Red Maple (large tree) and Amur Maple (small tree) is calculated: 25 feet + 15 feet = 40 feet ÷ 2 = 20 feet. The distance between these two different size trees should be 20 feet.