Help identify?

Asked July 1, 2016, 2:22 PM EDT

Was growing as a tree (thick 5-7" diameter trunk, nearly 30' tall) but it died so we cut it down, now these leaflets are growing again. I'd really like to know what it is. It's quite fragrant, almost of basil/Oregano's in a way. Most are 9 leaves, some only 7. They start as smaller versions, only the size of a golf ball, then continue to grow to this size leaf and bigger.

Lamar County Texas

1 Response

I'd need to see a branch, but it looks like that is a leaf from a Vitex tree. Vitex is also known as "Chaste Tree" or "Monk's Pepper".

You can read more about it here:http://bexar-tx.tamu.edu/homehort/archives-of-weekly-articles-davids-plant-of-the-week/texas-lilac-v...

and here: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st664