beach vitex Verbenaceae Vitex
rotundifolia L. f.
|Leaf: Opposite, usually simple but may be trifoliate, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, obovate to round, entire margins; gray-green and pubescent above, pale pubescent below; spicy-aromatic when crushed.
Flower: Lilac, in loose slender spiked panicles at the branch tips, panicles 1 to 3 inches; flowering late spring to early summer but may be present any time during the growing season.
Fruit: Round drupes, green when young, becoming turning red to blue-black at maturity, 1/4 inch in diameter, maturing in the fall.
Twig: Slender, initially green becoming gray-brown, quadrangular, buds are wedge-shaped to rounded and gray-brown.
Bark: Initially smooth and gray-brown, becoming irregularly ridged and furrowed.
Form: A shrub or vine to 3 feet tall that suckers profusely to form dense mats.
Looks like: lilac chastetree
| Additional Range Information:
Vitex rotundifolia is planted in the USDA
hardiness zones shown above and may seed
into the landscape. See
states reporting beach vitex.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson