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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Vitex' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/vitex/). Accessed 2020-12-02.

Family

  • Verbenaceae

Species in genus

Glossary

calyx
(pl. calyces) Outer whorl of the perianth. Composed of several sepals.
corolla
The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
campanulate
Bell-shaped.
compound
Made up or consisting of two or more similar parts (e.g. a compound leaf is a leaf with several leaflets).
drupe
A fleshy dehiscent or indehiscent fruit with one to several seeds each enclosed in a hard endocarp (the stone).

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Vitex' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/vitex/). Accessed 2020-12-02.

The two species described here are almost hardy representatives of a mainly tropical and subtropical genus, which contains tall timber trees such as V. altissima of southern India and V. lignum-vitae of southeast Australia. Leaves deciduous or persistent, palmately compound, usually opposite. Flowers stalked, in cymose clusters, which are often arranged in the form of panicles. Calyx campanulate. Corolla tubular or funnel-shaped, with a five-lobed limb. Stamens four. Fruit a drupe, with a four-celled stone.

The two species treated here are propagated by cuttings of half-ripened wood. Flowering as they do on the wood of the current season they should be pruned in much the same way as the late-flowering buddleias, once a framework of branches has been formed.