Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-castus

[vitex_angus-castus]

In his Weather Memorandum Book, Jefferson notes planting nine rows of "Vitex Agnus castus. Chaste-trees" on April 11, 1807. Two examples of the Chaste Tree now grow at Monticello -- on the northeast side of the house and on the West Lawn next to the South Pavilion -- and are much commented upon by visitors when in bloom.

Growth Type: Woody Shrub Color(s): Purple Hardiness Zones: 6 - 9 Location at Monticello: East and West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jul 12 – Aug 242002: Jun 21 – Aug 162003: Jul 9 – Sep 132004: Jun 24 – Sep 102005: Jul 4 – Sep 132006: Jul 11 – Sep 82007: Jun 25 – Sep 72008: Jul 4 – Aug 292009: Jul 10 – Oct 62010: Jun 28 – Sep 12011: Jun 28 – Sep 92012: Jun 22 – Oct 12013: Jul 9 – Sep 28