beach vitex Verbenaceae Vitex rotundifolia
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.