Vitex agnus-castus
Common name: 
Chaste Tree
Chastetree
Pronunciation: 
VI-teks AG-nus-KAS-tus
Family: 
Verbenaceae, now Lamiaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree or shrub, 10-20 ft (3-6 m) tall, upright branching, rounded form.  Leaves opposite, palmately compound, 5-7(9) leaflets, lanceolate to elliptic, 15-20 cm long, 1.3-2.5 cm wide, tapering at both ends, entire or toothed near apex, gray-green above, grayish below; aromatic when bruised.  Flowers small, corolla about 8 mm, lilac or pale violet, fragrant, in dense, erect clusters 10-18 cm long.  Fruit globose, 3-4 mm, purple, pungent flavor.
  • Sun, does well in heat, best in well-drained soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (6)7      Native to southern Europe and western Asia.  Several cultivars available, including white flowered and variegated forms.
  • agnus-castus: old name for this plant, from agnos the Greek name and Latin castus, both meaning chaste (Coombes, 1985).
  • Silverton, Oregon: The Oregon Garden
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