GB CULTURAL INFO: USDA Zones 6-10/Matures 5 yrs/Height to 10-15 ft, spread 15-20 ft.
DAYS TO MATURITY: 120
SEED CODE: C
SEED PER PACKET: 40
BOTANICAL NAME: Vitex agnus-castus
DESCRIPTION: Also known as vitex, Chasteberry, Abraham's Balm or Monk's Pepper. Extremely handsome landscape plant that is used for PMS, balancing for women through life. Easy to grow in almost any soil that has good drainage! Even tolerant of salt drift. The chaste tree can take care of itself, but can be pushed to faster growth with light applications of fertilizer in spring and early summer and by mulching around the plant. If pruning is desired to control the size, it should be done in winter, since blooms form on new wood. It makes a colorful addition to a mixed border if kept pruned to shrub size, though it probably looks best unpruned. It is hardly ever disturbed by pests or disease but is susceptible to mushroom root rot and nematodes. fragrant, upwardlypointing, lavender blooms which are quite attractive to butterflies and bees - the tree is often planted where honey is marketed to promote excellent honey production.