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Chastetree

Scientific Name

Vitex negundo

Origin

Native to areas of eastern Africa, Madagascar, eastern Asia and the Philippines.

Habitat

This deciduous shrub grows in almost any soil that has good drainage. Grows best in areas of full sun. 

Growth Nature

The chastetree is a multi-stemmed shrub that can grow between 10 to 15 ft. tall, and sometimes bigger in warmer areas.  On average it ranges from 3 to 10 ft. tall with a spread of about 3 to 8 ft.  In cooler climates it tends to grow 3 to 5 ft. and act as a woody perennial which dies back in winter.  Blooming takes place in July and August.  Over 200 species of this plant exist.   

Points of Interest

  • This shrub produces fragrant and showy flowers

  • The Chastetree is highly attractive to butterflies.

  • The plant has a number of medicinal properties. It has been shown to be effective as an antihistamine and an antioxidant. It has pain relieving properties similar to morphine and has been used as an anticonvulsant.

  • Extracts form the leaves, roots and fruit are used to relax bronchial muscles and reduce symptoms of asthma.

  • The leaves produce a cooling effect that can be used to reduce swelling and is useful as a treatment for sprained ankles, arthritis and other injuries.

  • The flowers act as a digestive aid and an astringent.