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Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vitex (VY-teks) (Info)
Species: agnus-castus (AG-nus KAS-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Shoal Creek

Synonym:Agnus-castus robusta
Synonym:Agnus-castus vulgaris
Synonym:Vitex agnus
Synonym:Vitex hybrida
Synonym:Vitex integra

8 vendors have this plant for sale.

25 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kodyjane On May 14, 2009, Kodyjane from Muskegon, MI wrote:

I bought this plant last fall. I saw it growing at a local tree farm and it was beautiful. They said they always cut it back to the ground in spring and it grows to four feet tall and wide by end of summer. So far this spring, I have seen only very tiny shoots at the base of the otherwise dead-looking bare plant. Maybe it is slow to emerge. It is planted in full sun. I will report more as the season continues.

Positive khopton On Mar 18, 2008, khopton from Adelaide
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

Love it!! I planted it in full sun in late winter while it was dormant and only about a foot high and this summer it shot up to about 5' and bloomed and bloomed. Stunning flowers, fast growing and very tough in full sun, high heat (we had two weeks of 104F dry heat this year) and little water. I dead headed once in summer and it gave me another flush of beautiful purple flowers. Highly recommended!

Positive Suze_ On Oct 6, 2007, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Shoal Creek is a hybrid, and may not come true from seed. Tends to be more showy than open pollinated cultivars, with longer bloom spikes up to 12" long. Color is also a little more vibrant. Blooms (lavender-blue) in both spring and fall and is fairly drought tolerant.


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

Calera, Alabama
Phenix City, Alabama
Maricopa, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Deltona, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Richmond Hill, Georgia
Townsend, Georgia
Derby, Kansas
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
Gonzales, Louisiana (2 reports)
Hammond, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Youngsville, Louisiana
Muskegon, Michigan
Kirtland, New Mexico
Los Lunas, New Mexico
Germanton, North Carolina
Hayesville, North Carolina
Salina, Oklahoma
Charleston, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Corpus Christi, Texas (2 reports)
Dallas, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Grand Prairie, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
Temple, Texas
Alexandria, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Sandyville, West Virginia

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