If your area will support shrubs like Azaleas you probably can grow Vitex.
I've been trying to fill every corner and vacant area here on my farm in S. Alabama for a year now with it. Here it seems to bloom from hard frost to hard frost. My Russians work it quite well.
Here in Tucson, Arizona there are many areas where Vitex agnus-castus is often planted in landscaping. But, though many wild bees and other nectar loving insects seem to find it attractive, like butterflies, I've not seen honeybees working Vitex agnus-castus. Several decades ago I obtained seed of Vitex negundo 'Incisa' from Frank Pellet of Pellet Gardens, I believe it was in Atlantic, Iowa. This variety has leaves that closely resemble Hemp leaves.
I've managed to keep some seed with me wherever I've moved and have established these plants in many different parts of the U.S.A. Honeybees always seem to find Vitex negundo 'Incisa' flowers attractive.
Vitex Negundo is the species that honeybees seem to prefer. Agnus Castus is worked more by bumble bees and other pollinators. Vitex Negundo is worked heavily by honeybees in my area. Hardy to zone 6. Vitex Negundo has a long bloom period and is easy to grow and matures quickly. Have some seed of this plant if anyone is interested. [email protected]
I'm not sure which Vitex I got, but it survives in SE Missouri. It usually freezes down to the ground each winter, blooms like crazy from July to frost, but seems to be favored by the bumble bees much, much more than honeybees.
I was at the Oklahoma State Beekepers Annual meeting 2 weeks ago in Guthrie, OK, and they gave a bunch of Vitex cutting out as door prizes. I won one. I know there are a couple of tree sized versions in my neighbors' yards. Back in the 80s I had a mimosa tree that the bees seemed to love. They seem to do well in Oklahoma.
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