Vitex (Vites angus-castus)
Vitex, also known as the Chaste tree, is most noteworthy for its abundant display of purple blooms at every growth tip during the summer months. Butterflies swarm to this water-wise flowering tree. One of the plant's common names, Monk's Pepper, references the use of its seeds as a pepper substitute in monasteries, where it was prized for its intrinsic effects on virility.
The turning, twisting trunks under the bright flowering canopy give Vitex a unique, statuesque appearance. This water-wise selection requires little maintenance and is a welcome addition to any landscape. Vitex trees establish quickly and are exceptionally strong in full sun locations.
Smaller sized desert tree with long dark grayish-green colored leaves
Grown usually as a multiple trunk tree
Summer months present long pointed spikes of blue/purple blooms