Plant Profile: Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus, Chaste Tree, can be pruned into a shrub form, which is what you see here. It is a prolific summer flowering shrub and is a huge attraction to butterflies. It needs full sun, and we cut ours back to the ground every early spring to keep a tighter, more compact form. It is also considered deer resistant. The blooms resemble Butterfly bush slightly, but the foliage is decidedly more palmate.
Vitex agnus-castus Daytona Heat™ 'Dale White' is a compact, rounded, white version of the shrub. It also loves the full sun, and attracts butterflies just as much, but the white flower offers a more subtle interest in the garden. This plant requires less maintenance and pruning because of its natural tendency to be compact and rounded.
Both are great additions to the perennial border, foundation bed, and pollinator garden.