|Vitex negundo is a deciduous shrub, or sub-shrub in the north, often being frozen to the ground. Growth may reach 3 to 5 feet high in one season, without freeze damage it can eventually grow to 15 feet. It has a loosely branching, open habit, with grayish-green foliage in the summer. Leaves are compound palmate, attractive, fall color is negligible. Small, lavender flowers appear in mid summer on 5 to 8 inch long panicles. The fruit is not conspicuous.
Prefers hot weather, full sun and good drainage. To rejuvenate after freeze damage, cut back to 6 to 12 inches off the ground in spring. Not seriously bothered by pests, occasional leaf spot and root rot. Native to Madagascar, Africa, Asia and the Phillipines.