Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Chaste Tree

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Chaste Tree

The Chaste tree is a tough, drought-resistant plant hardy from zones 6 to 9. It needs full sun to flower but is not particular about soil type. Like most plants, it grows larger in better soils with some attention paid to watering and fertilization. Other than the possibility of root rot in heavy clay soils, the Chaste Tree is not bothered by insects or disease.

Chaste tree

The Chaste Tree can take care of itself, but can be pushed to faster growth with light applications of fertilizer in the spring and early summer and by mulching around the plant. If pruning is desired to control the size, it should be done in winter, since blooms form on new wood. Can be susceptible to mushroom root rot and nematodes.



Drought tolerant, Grows in any soil, Tolerant of salt drift, Fast grower, Insect and Disease resistant.

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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Amy Jordan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmy JordanAgricultural Technician Program Assistant Call Amy E-mail Amy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Dare County Center
Updated on May 4, 2020
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