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Stop skimming and slow down to read about Vitex Flip Side.
I wish you could see this in person. Picture a mass of purplish leaves smothered in lavender-blue flowers that are in turn decorated with pollinators. This is a jump-up-and-down-gotta-have-it plant.
The upper-sides of the leaves are dark olive-ish green with a whiff of mauve on the leaf petioles and young stems, but the kicker is when the daytime summer breezes flip them over a little bit and cause them to wave these purple flashes at you. I'm trying to say that the Flip Side is purple and when the wind blows you do actually get to see the purple coloration. It's showy and colorful and the shrub "reads" purple in the garden.
The flowers are the ones I have trouble determining what color they are - I think they are lavender-blue, much like the color of rosemary or lavender flowers. Whatever exact color they are, the flowers look great against the purplish foliage and this plant has some heavy pollinator attractors going on.
You will see a lot of bee and butterfly activity and this will last for weeks because Flip Side chastetree is not modest with its flowers.
Flip Side chastetree is another First Editions® plant developed in Georgia.
powerful pollinator plant - will be covered in bees and butterflies when it flowers
unique leaf color - dark green with mauve on leaf petioles and young stems and, of course, the Flip Side is purple
long flowering period: summer/late summer into early fall
castetree, Flip Side castetree
USDA Hardiness Zones
flowering shrub, deciduous
Spring: dark green
Summer: dark green, purple
Fall Leaf Color Quality
Native to USA?
Soil Moisture Requirements
average garden, moist-but-draining, dry, no standing water
Soil pH Requirements
acid, neutral, alkaline
full sun, part shade
To Make It Thrive
Grow Vitex Flip Side in full sun in a warm climate. It flowers best in full sun.
Is this cold hardy in zone 6? We're not sure yet. Vitex trifolia is not cold hardy in zone 6, but its other parent V. agnus-castus is root cold hardy, though typically grown as a perennial in zone 6.
Well then, is it cold hardy in zone 7? We feel safer saying it's cold hardy in zone 7 when treated like an herbacious perennial that will die to the ground and come back from the roots.
Honestly, this plant is so new that the furthest north we know of it growing is in Zone 8a where it is cold hardy, like a proper woody shrub. We know this much and can pass that info on to you for you to decide for yourself. Do let us know if you decide to trial it in colder zones.