Dark blue-purple flower panicles and slender, lancelet foliage give Delta Blues a more refined look than other vitex. Adding to its attractiveness are small, shiny red fruit. Delta Blues has a more compact, rounded to upright habit than other varieties. The chaste tree is a southern favorite that is gaining in other regions. In some areas, it is grown like a herbaceous perennial and its foliage dies to the ground. In warmer climates, it is pruned and treated more like a shrub. It prefers sunny locations and is a great choice for shrub borders. Vitex agnus-castus 'Piivac - II' PPAF
Foliage TypeDeciduous. 5- or 7-palmate leaves of slender, lanceolate leaflets, slightly toothed, dark green, aromatic. Leaves are grayish on the undersides.
Soil RequirementWell-drained, loose, moist soil.
PruningCan be pruned back hard in late winter to create a desired shape. Remove dead, broken, and weak branches. Remove spent flowers to encourage more. Late winter, when dormant.
Additional InformationOne of the most spectacular small flowering trees for the south. Avoid excessive overhead watering.
Unique CharactersticsFirst Edition Plants: Delta Blues™ is the first intermediate Vitex in the market. It is not nearly as coarse as other Vitex with a compact, rounded to upright growth habit. It has fragrant, dark bluish-purple flowers followed by small, shiny, reddish fruit. The foliage is dark green, fragrant and more refined than other selections. Delta Blues adapts to acid or alkaline soils as long as the site is well-drained. It is also salt tolerant.