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Trim Vitex in late winter to early spring.

Sep 21, Prune your Vitex in late winter or very early spring when the weather is beginning to warm. If you prune the Vitex in the dead of winter, the Vitex may lose moisture from the pruning wounds and freeze to death if there is a hard freeze. Trim off all old blooms and seed heads by cutting at least 2 to 3 inches below each seed head. Cut back to a. Dec 13, Pruning Vitex. Vitex is also called chaste tree (no idea why) and Texas lilac (although it’s not fragrant and is unrelated to true lilacs).

When I was a kid in College Station, vitex shrubs filled corners of backyards.

South Texans sometimes do heavy pruning of vitex immediately after the spring bloom in an effort to spur vigorous regrowth.

City lots were much bigger then, and it wasn’t uncommon for the plants to grow 15 or 18 feet tall and 20 feet stumpchopping.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins.

Feb 23, Vitex is a fast-growing, multi-trunked small tree in USDA zones 8 and 9 and more shrub-like in USDA zones 6 and 7 where cold weather often freezes it to the ground. Pruning benefits this tree if you want repeat blooms and if you want a more open tree shape. Prune in Late Winter. Dec 29, Pruning Vitex. Photo: Vitex is also called chaste tree and Texas lilac (although it’s not fragrant and is unrelated to true lilacs).

When I was a kid in College Station, vitex shrubs filled corners of backyards. City lots were much bigger then, and it wasn’t uncommon for the plants to grow 15 or 18 feet tall and 20 feet stumpchopping.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins.

Oct 26, Trim Vitex in late winter to early spring. Thin out older canes to encourage new growth from the base. It blooms on new wood so prune before foliage emerges in the spring.

Remove the clusters of seeds both to encourage flowering and to prevent the seeds from germinating and creating a weedy appearance.

Deadhead spent spikes to encourage continuous flowering. Warning: The Vitex’s juice or sap is Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins.