Vitex Details


  • Botanical Name: Vitex agnus-castus
  • Plant Type: Ornamental Tree
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water Demand: Low
  • Landscape Use: Border - Edge, Fragrance, Screen - Physical (e.g., barriers)
  • Ornamental Value: Purple, White
  • Native/Adapted: Adapted
  • Wildlife Value: Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
  • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Bushy, Upright
  • Plant Spread: 15'
  • Plant Height: 20'


A rapid-growing shrubby tree. Leaves are finely textured, gray-green. Butterflies love this tree.

Vitex likes full sun and is very drought tolerant once established. Although mostly seen in its multi-stemmed form, it can be easily grown into a small tree. The leaves of the vitex are an interesting palmate with a five-leaflet structure. When the leaves are crushed, they give off with a strong lavender smell. Both purple and white blooming varieties are available, producing spike florets that cover the tree in the middle to late summer.

Tree Care Guide

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