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How to Identify Beach Vitex

  • Oval-shaped, semi-waxy, opposite (as opposed to alternate) leaves

  • Underside of leaves is a lighter green (*not to be confused with the silvery underside of Silver-leaf Croton, Croton punctatus)

  • Has a woody stem

  • Purple flower in summer

  • Deciduous (dies back in winter)

  • Distinctive eucalyptus-like scent when leaves are crushed

These downloadable brochures also contain information on identifying beach vitex:

Beach vitex brochures

Carolinas Beach Vitex Task Force brochure Native Plant Society Beach Vitex ID Guide Sea Grant Beach Vitex ID card Huntington Beach State Park Dune Plant Guide Beach Vitex Task Force Brochure
South Carolina Native Plant Society: Identifying Beach Vitex
Sea Grant Beach Vitex ID Card
Huntington Beach State Park Dune Plant Guide

How to Report Beach Vitex

If you have seen beach vitex, please DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE IT.

Please DO:Take a picture, get GPS coordinates or the nearest street address, and fill out the

Beach Vitex Report Form

 

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Sea rocket

Silver leaf croton

       
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