Vitex Chicagoland Blues™PPAF

Ideal for smaller spaces.

Common Name Chicagoland Blues chaste tree
Botanical Name Vitex 'Daniel Searle' PPAF
Size 5-6' tall by 6-8' wide
USDA hardiness Zones 5-9
Sun / Shade Full sun
Soil Average garden soil
Moisture Moist, yet well-drained
Disease and Pests none known
Landscape use Borders, specimens, street plantings, urban gardens
Market appeal / Uniqueness Ideal for smaller garden spaces, with exceptionally long flowers held on black stems, this improved selection, offers multi-season interest for gardens from California to Chicago and even in the deep south.
Propagation Methods Vegetative cuttings
Bloom Time summer

Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:

An exciting new hybrid with improved hardiness, Chicagoland Blues was selected from a batch of vitex crosses made by former V.P. of Horticulture, Kris Jarantoski of the Chicago Botanic Garden. An upright form, yet more compact than the species, you’ll find uses for Chicagoland Blues that would be unthinkable with the average chaste tree. Ideal for smaller garden spaces, with exceptionally long flowers held on black stems, this improved selection offers multi-season interest for gardens from California to Chicago and even in the deep south. Extreme drought tolerance and sterile flowers make the perfect combination for this workhorse, easy-to-care-for shrub.  

 Note: This plant has produced no viable seed for the past 15 years and therefore should not have the invasive tendencies of Vitex rotundifolia, which is one of its parents.