Vitex
Vitex trifolia 'Variegata'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vitex (VY-teks) (Info)
Species: trifolia (try-FOH-lee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona

Big Pine Key, Florida

Sugar Land, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Nov 12, 2014, NoLawns from Warrenville, IL wrote:

I am hoping this plant is hardier than everyone thinks. I grow all other Vitex near Chicago with minimal to zero protection. I rooted cuttings, to over winter inside, and planted the mother plant. Will report back in late spring.

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On May 19, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This tender shrub makes a large, thick hedge when planted at 3' to 5' intervals. The aromatic leaves are pleasant and the light colored variegated leaves are attractive.

Unfortunately, it can become a pest plant in south Florida (Category II, Fla. Exotic Pest Plant Council).