The Garden Guy

By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, Speaker

Oh my gosh, if you aren’t growing the Shoal Creek vitex you are missing the opportunity to add rare iridescent blue color to the landscape like few other plants can do. I’ve loved the vitex for years but the award-winning Shoal Creek has to be the best in the marketplace.

It was a Louisiana Super Plant, and Texas Superstar, too, and is perfect for the North Texas area with wide range of adaptability from zones five to nine. In warm climates it is grown as a large deciduous shrub or small open vase tree, while in colder areas it freezes to the ground and returns in the spring as a shrub, almost reminiscent of a buddleia or butterfly bush.

It is known botanically as Vitex agnus-castus, and is a marvel with its small structure, large, marijuana-looking leaves and fragrant, blue blooms that are most rare among trees.

Centuries ago, the seeds that followed the blossoms were used to Plant Shoal Creek vitex now for Summer WOW factor keep monks’ libidos in check.

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