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Vitex

Vitex agnus-castus

Monk's Pepper, Chaste tree, Texas Lilac

About This Plant

Not recommended. Included here as an example of aggressive non-native species to avoid in southwest Texas. Vitex spreads aggressively by seed, especially around limestone outcrops, dry creekbeds and riparian areas. It has shown a weedy tendency to escape cultivation and invade natural areas.

Origins: Asia

Maintenance

Cut back to the ground in winter to keep it as a shrub.

Due to its invasive nature, it is no longer recommended for south-central Texas.

Min. Height: 15'

Max Height: 25 feet'

Min. Width: 15'

Max Width: 25 feet'

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