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Chaste Tree

Vitex agnus-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: 
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
East and West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jul 12 to 2001 Aug 242002 Jun 21 to 2002 Aug 162003 Jul 9 to 2003 Sep 132004 Jun 24 to 2004 Sep 102005 Jul 4 to 2005 Sep 132006 Jul 11 to 2006 Sep 82007 Jun 25 to 2007 Sep 72008 Jul 4 to 2008 Aug 292009 Jul 10 to 2009 Oct 62010 Jun 28 to 2010 Sep 12011 Jun 28 to 2011 Sep 92012 Jun 22 to 2012 Oct 12013 Jul 9 to 2013 Sep 282014 Jul 17 to 2014 Sep 122015 Jul 21 to 2015 Sep 32016 Aug 19 to 2016 Sep 82017 Jun 30
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