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Questions About Chaste Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
June 14, 2015

Q. Chaste Tree/Bush

I have a chaste tree/bush which I planted last year and it’s doing very well. I pruned the flowers last year after fading on the first bloom. I also pruned the limbs this past winter to start shaping into a tree, though I still have a few or more trunks coming from the ground. My question is, can I cut the trunks I don’t want during the summer growing season or should I wait till the plant is dormant next January or February? Also, how many of the trunks can I prune without harming the plant? Thanks for your response.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 15, 2015
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These trees should be pruned only in late winter/early spring prior to any growth. Pruning in summer can have adverse effects on the overall health. Also, it is best to leave just one central leader on the plant rather than multiple trunks. Here is more information on pruning chaste tree: https://www.ehow.com/how_5626596_prune-chaste-tree.html

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Asked by
tilde on
August 3, 2015

Q. Fire ants built a mound in Vitex shrub pot

My small Vitex shrub, still in it’s original black plastic pot, became full of fire ants. I treated the pot under and up to 2 feet around the pot with Amdro Fire Ant Killer treatment. Plant seems to be weakening. How can I help it to flourish and save it? Leaves not as green and hardy, actually yellowing. Should I remove it from pot and clean the roots and repot in new soil and pot? Fire ants have just about killed my large butterfly bush.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 10, 2015
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Yes, I would remove the plant and clean the soil and roots.
Do this in the coolest part of the day, in the shade to avoid stressing the plant as much as possible.

Replace with good quality potting mix.

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Asked by
jan_afentul on
August 10, 2015

Q. shaping a chaste into a tree form

I tried to shape my chaste tree up last winter, but the top fell over and now I have this huge shrub. Can I braid it this winter? This is the second summer, and I want to get it under control.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 12, 2015
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Asked by
TonyaM on
August 31, 2015

Q. What type of root system does a chaste tree have?

What type of root system does a chaste tree have? I am concerned about roots growing into our septic system.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 2, 2015
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Chaste Tree is fast growing and I did find some reports of the roots being invasive and causing issues with foundations and septic systems.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chaste-tree/chaste-tree-cultivation.htm

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Asked by
Frontporch on
September 5, 2015

Q. Vitex not colorful

I have two purple vitex in my yard and one of them blooms but the blooms are droopy and not colorful. They are green and gray. What do you think is the problem?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 8, 2015
Certified Expert
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The varieties of Vitex range from soft white to dark purple and every range of color in-between.
You may have 2 different cultivators.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care and growing requirements.
Pruning annual will help the shrub maintain a nice shape.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chaste-tree/chaste-tree-cultivation.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 10, 2016

Q. Vitex tree doesn’t take the heat

I bought this tree because I think it is absolutely beautiful and I made sure before buying it that it was the right choice for full sun because there is no shade in my backyard yet. It was doing good until the heat took over, and it is not summer yet! In the morning, it looks fine but by 5 pm, the time when finally the sun goes down over it, it looks all wilted. Because of this, the leaves are smaller and it looks skimpy. There’s no place to move it because of the lack of shade. The only thing would be to dig it up and place it in a very big pot in the patio were it can get some shade. Can it be grown in a pot? Why is this happening? Shouldn’t it be very heat resistant?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 10, 2016
Certified Expert
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How have you been watering it? While the chaste tree is said to be heat and drought tolerant, it does need to be regularly watered until it's well established. I believe your tree will perk up with an increased watering schedule.

The chaste tree can be grown in a container should you decide to pursue that route.

I would also recommend reviewing the care plan for the vitex tree at the link below and double-check that your location and soil meet the tree's requirements:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/chaste-tree/chaste-tree-cultivation.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 15, 2016

Q. Vitex Tree

We planted a vitex tree on October 26, after several days of heavy rains. We have had several days of heavy rains weekly since we planted the tree. Do I need to be watering the tree in between the rains, or is it getting enough moisture while it is preparing to go dormant for the winter? We live in McKinney, TX and are expecting a wet winter.

Thank You,
Amy James

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 16, 2016
Certified Expert
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I would say it is probably getting sufficient moisture from all the rain.

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