chastetree Verbenaceae Vitex negundo
Leaf:Opposite, palmately compound, 2 to 6 inches across, usually five leaflets per leaf (3-7), leaflets ovate, obovate or lanceolate wih entire or toothed margins, light green above and pale pubescent below, very aromatic when crushed.
Flower:Lilac, in loose slender spiked panicles at the branch tips, to 8 inches, mid-summer.
Fruit:Round green and fleshy, drying and turning brown, 1/8 inch in diameter, persistent through winter, held cup-like.
Twig:Slender, opposite, gray-brown, quadrangular, buds are wedge-shaped to rounded and gray-brown.
Bark:Initially smooth and gray-brown, becoming blocky on older stems.
Form:A large shrub or small tree to 15 feet. When planted too far north it may freeze to the ground.