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PlantFiles: Chinese Chaste Tree
Vitex negundo var. cannabifolia

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vitex (VY-teks) (Info)
Species: negundo var. cannabifolia

Synonym:Verbena cannabifolia
Synonym:Vitex cannabifolia

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

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USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NoLawns On Sep 25, 2011, NoLawns from Warrenville, IL wrote:

Although most sources indicate that this shrub is cold hardy to zone 6 I have no problem growing this in zone 5 (Chicago) Most years it will die down to the ground, yet some years with more snow there is very little die back. This year my Vitex Cannabifolia reached 9' tall and needed some pruning to keep it in its current location. A great plant everyone always asks "what" it is. Somewhat late to break dormancy.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sarasota, Florida
Belleville, Illinois
Warrenville, Illinois
Hampton, South Carolina
Manning, South Carolina
Rowlett, Texas

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