Summertime Blues™

Vitex Hybrid ‘HELEN FROEHLICH’ PP31660

We love chaste trees for their ability to take tough conditions (heat, drought, full sun), but they normally get very large. This butterfly and bumblebee magnet is shrub size, with sterile flowers (so no weedy seedlings to worry about). Deciduous.

Sunset Zones

3–24

USDA Zones

-20°F to -10°F USDA zones 5–10

Summertime Blues™ Features

Plant Dimensions

5–6' H x 4–5' W

Landscape Use

Accent, Border, Container, Hedge, Low Hedge, Mass planting, Privacy Planting

Plant Type

Deciduous

Growth Rate

Fast

Exposure

Full sun

Special Feature

Attracts Pollinators, Heat Tolerance, Water-wise

Feature

Large lavender flowers on dark stems

Flowering Season

Summer

Summertime Blues™ Plant Care

Water Needs

Low Water Once Established/Water-wise

Fertilizer

Fertilize yearly in spring

Pruning

Shape in late winter

Soil

Tolerates a wide range

Planting Instructions

1. Dig in your native soil a hole as deep and wide as the container. We recommend planting in native soil for best acclimation.
2. Fill the hole with water and thoroughly water the new plant; allow both to drain.
3. Gently place the plant on its side and remove the pot. Place your hand on the bottom of the plant and put it in the hole.
4. Return native soil around the root ball, wetting and gently tamping down.
5. To complete, create a shallow trench around the base of the plant to contain the water when watering.
6. Mulch 1–2” deep around the plant, avoiding the area closest to the stem.

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