Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus 'Shoal Creek')

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4 to 15 feet (1.2-4.6m)
Plant Spread: 4 to 12 feet (1.2-3.5m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Blue
Other: Lilac
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®
Other: 2011 Louisiana Super Plant

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June 28, 2012

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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-06-06Bumblebee #Pollination
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: 2012-05-10
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Date: 2012-08-14Popular with bees
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2012-07-24
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Posted by dave (Jacksonville, Texas - Zone 8b) on Jul 12, 2013 9:05 AM

If I had a top 10 list of my favorite plants that I can't live without, this one is definitely on that list, and high up on the list at that.

It's hardy.
Fast growing.
Tolerant of nearly any soil.
Handles drought and heat without complaint.
Blooms repeatedly all summer long (if properly deadheaded).
If this weren't enough, it has highly fragrant blooms!
The blue color is striking in the landscape.
Astoundingly, it can handle poor drainage, too.
It's perfect for those hot, dry and difficult areas of your yard.

All this, plus the plant attracts beneficial insects, especially bees and butterflies. It's a bee magnet, which is a good thing.

To encourage repeated growth, deadhead the shrub. After it's done blooming it will start making little peppercorn sized seeds. Cut those all off and it'll prompt the plant to rebloom again. You can repeat this all summer long.

The plant responds well to heavy pruning. In fact, it is encouraged to prune it back deeply in order to promote a new flush of growth. Think "Crepe Murder" here. It's actually a good thing for this particular kind of plant.

Love love love it! Don't delay, act now! Add this amazing plant to your southern garden!

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Posted by StephGTx (Texas - Zone 8a) on Sep 18, 2011 6:17 PM

This is a fast growing ornamental tree here in N.Tx. It blooms profusely spring-fall. Bumblebees LOVE this tree.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 28, 2014 5:03 AM

Seems like Dave said it all, but it bears repeating: If you are lucky enough to live in a warm zone, then you have to get this plant. Can be trained to grow as a small tree if you trim off the lower growth to create a few trunks, similar to a crepe myrtle. Makes a great shrub that can be pruned back to keep it short. Looks great with early-blooming peonies like Sara Bernhardt planted in its shade.

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