Vitex is an aromatic, heat-loving, deciduous shrub with whorls of large narrow palmate leaves. While it's best with some summer water, it will enjoy heat and full sun and can be considered drought-tolerant. Butterflies love it and bees will work it over. It's deer resistant and for the same reason some may find the plant irritating to their skin. Don't let that scare you away - this is a wonderful plant for the dryer sunny landscape and it makes a beautiful backdrop for ornamental grasses.
'Shoal Creek' has 12-inch long, showy flower spikes of lavender-blue mid-summer through fall.
Mature size: 6 - 15 ft tall and 6 - 12 ft wide (stays shrub-sized in cold winter areas)
Minimum temperature: -5° F