I had never heard of a Vitex tree when my friend, a Hunt County Master Gardener, arrived at my house with a small straggly looking little plant. Her cost, a few cents more than $3.00 at one of our big box stores. I paid her $4.00 for the poor thing. Your should see it now!
A Vitex tree is a wonder to behold. It is a Texas A&M Super Star and certainly deserves the title.
It has continued to grow, bloom with spiky blue to purple spikes each year, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Vitex trees are fast growing, easy to trim, and benefit from pruning after blooming. A Vitex requires no special care, other than well drained soil, which admittedly is hard to come by in clay soil. My tree, also known as a Chaste tree, is located in a flower bed. It has grown in about four years from three to about twelve feet tall. I look forward each Spring to it’s blooms.
Please look around you now, as they are in bloom. Enjoy and share the beauty of these trees.