Vitex, or Texas Lilac, is an extremely tough, easy-to-grow tree. It is native to China and India. When the Texas Highway Department plants them on medians and highways, you know we’re talking extremely tough and low maintenance!
Vitex thrives in full sun, but can also grow in partial shade. Once established, it is drought-tolerant. The spikes of lavender flowers are fragrant and attractive to butterflies. And it blooms constantly in summer and fall. It grows 12-20 feet tall but can we pruned shorter. It can be shaped as a single trunk or a multi-trunked tree.
Flowering trees are great for adding vertical interest in your yard and can be elegant in mixed beds. So give the Vitex a try – it will not disappoint you!
Type: Flowering Tree
Exposure: Full sun to part sun.
Blooms: late spring into the summer blooms
Care: Water daily until established (at least through first summer); once established it is drought-tolerant.