A small tree or shrub with lilac to lavender colored flower spikes in late summer and early fall. The pretty flowers, seeds, and finely cut leaves of the Lilac Chaste Tree are pleasantly fragrant. Gray green leaves are used as a spice, and lemony scented seeds are used as a pepper substitute.
Lilac to lavender colored flower spikes in summer and early fall. The pretty flowers, seeds, and finely cut leaves are pleasantly fragrant, with leaves being used as herb, and the lemony scented seeds used as a pepper substitute. Great bee and butterfly forage plant. Prune regularly to keep twiggy growth and multiple trunks under control. Somewhat deer resistant. In cooler climates may die back to ground, but will re-sprout with vigor the following year. In maritime regions, plant tends to leaf and bloom much later than in warm weather areas. Prefers very sharp drainage and dislikes overly-rich soils. Lilac Chaste is a shrub or small tree, growing to about 10-20 ft. tall and wide. Native to Mediterranean regions. Zone 6-9.