Vitex is a large, widespread genus of 250 species of trees and shrubs from mainly tropical regions. Palmate leaves are fully divided and quite ornamental in some species. 2-lipped, tubular flowers are borne at the end of stems in panicles, cymes, or racemes. Use in a shrub border, against a wall, or in a greenhouse.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsAdaptable to most soils. Palmate leaves and 2-lipped flowers.

CareTolerant of any well-drained soil in full sun.

PropagationPropagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, or sow seed at 43° to 54°F in spring or fall.

ProblemsLeaf spot, root rot, and scale insects sometimes cause problems.

Species and cultivars

More From the Plant Guide

Winter Interest

Partial Shade

Browse the Full Plant Guide