Looks & Smells like a LILAC: But Actually Grows In Florida

Chaste Tree:
aka  Vitex Agnus-Costus 'Shoal Creek'

. . . is the closest look-alike to a LILAC that we're going to find that grows well here in FL: and it actually is quite fragrant and pretty!

Chaste tree is known as Vitex Agnus-Castus
and the cultivar called "Shoal Creek" is what we can get.
Native to southern Europe and central Asia.

Flowers are shaped like a lilac, is a purple color, very fragrant, and grows to 10-15' in this area.  Perfect for zones 6-9 --- we're in zone 9.

prefers loose, medium moisture, well-drained soils in nearly full sun; often grown as a multi-trunked, bushy shrub, can be shaped into a gorgeous tree; Loves our warm winters (compared to zone 6). Extremely aromatic.

Attracts butterflies and bees. No serious insect or disease problems. Will lose its leaves in the winter.

and here's the sizes available as of this writing:
3gal / $29 / 24-28" tall (planted height)
7gal / $49 / 3-4' tall (about 2-2.5' wide)
15gal / $95 / 4'tall x 4'wide (trimmed size)

More Pictures:

Chaste Tree blossoms

blossom fragrance will just about
knock you over!

3 gal  Chaste Tree

3 gal Vitex Agnus-Costus

15gal Chaste Tree

15 gal Vitex Agnus-Costus

CHASTE TREES - 3G
CHASTE TREES - 3G
VITEX AGNUS-COSTUS 'SHOAL CREEK' 3gal
CHASTE TREES - 7G
CHASTE TREES - 7G
VITEX AGNUS-COSTUS 'SHOAL CREEK' 7gal
CHASTE TREES - 15G
CHASTE TREES - 15G
VITEX AGNUS-COSTUS 'SHOAL CREEK' 15gal
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