Lilac Chaste Tree

Lilac Chaste Tree (Vitex agnus-castus) is a full sun tree that gets covered with long blooms in mid-summer- attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

This tree loves hot afternoon sun and is extremely drought tolerant.  I bought one last year and it has thrived in a location that gets 10-12 hours of full sun, most of it afternoon sun.

It needs well-drained soil and some watering after initial planting to help it get established during the first season.

Here is a picture of this tree in my yard:

Here’s a close-up of the blooms- taken by someone else of their more mature Chaste Tree.

Purple Butterfly bush Buddleia (oops, not!)  It's a Vitex plant

Once this tree matures, it has enough shade underneath to plant some ground covers and perennials underneath- prune to shape after bloom period has expired.

Please share any questions/experience you have had with this tree.

Happy Gardening!