Vitex sp. Variegata, or Variegated Arabian Lilac, is a large shrub that can grow to heights of 5 to 10 feet tall. This particular variety of the Arabian Lilac is known for its ornamental foliage and its colorful flowers. During the summer, the shrub is covered in blue, lavender, and purple blossoms that attract both butterflies and hummingbirds. It is hardy in USDA Zones 7-10.
Vitex sp. Variegata prefers to be in full sun or partial shade. It likes to have moderate amounts of water but can tolerate periods of dryness. To ensure its growth, water the plant every day or every other day when dry weather prevails. In cold regions, the plant can be grown in a pot and brought indoors during winter months to avoid frost damage.
When planted outdoors, make sure to give the Variegated Arabian Lilac enough space to grow in order to maintain its attractive form. Young plants may require support for the first year or two until their branches become established. Pruning should be done in early to mid-spring to maintain the shrub's shape and ensure that flowers form. It is also a good idea to remove any dead or diseased branches on older plants.
Overall, Vitex sp. Variegata is an attractive and low-maintenance shrub that can add color and dimension to any garden. It is an especially good choice for those who live in warm climates, as it can be kept outdoors year-round and is relatively pest-resistant. Once established, it will provide beauty and enjoyment for years to come.