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beach vitex
Vitex rotundifolia L. f.


Vitex rotundifolia is a perennial shrub with a woody stem that can sprawl more than 60 ft. (18 m) across the ground. Plants are up to 2 ft. (0.6 m) tall. Brittle stems tend to break off in high tide and float off and colonize new areas.
Leaves are oval, silvery-gray and 1-2 in. (2.5-5 cm) long.
Flowering occurs throughout the year, when small clusters of violet flowers develop at the ends of the branches.
Fruit are round, 0.25 in. (0.6 cm) in diameter and dark purplish-black when mature.
Ecological Threat
Vitex rotundifolia is native to the Pacific Rim and was introduced into the continental United States in the 1980s as a beach stabilization plant. Plants prefer sandy soils in full sun.

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EDDMapS Distribution

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Lamiales
Family: Verbenaceae
Genus: Vitex

Other System Links

Plants: VIRO80
GRIN: 41839
ITIS: 505725


Category: Shrub or Subshrub
Category: Vines