Vitex divaricata is an evergreen tree with a rounded crown; it can grow from 6 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be 75cm in diameter[
The trees are harvested from the wild for their timber and medicinal uses. A very ornamental species, especially when covered with flowers[
Northern S. America - Colombia, Venezuela; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba.
Coastal, limestone and lower mountain regions in Puerto Rico[
]. Rainforests at lower to mid elevations in the Dominican Republic[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Requires nearly full sunlight, otherwise it can be very slow-growing[
The powdered and burnt bark is applied topically to treat ulcers[
The leaves contain about 14% tannins[
The heartwood, when freshly cut, is tan to brown, generally variegated with darker shades, and afterwards becomes gray brown to deep brown, often with indistinct, narrow, lighter or darker bands. The greyish sapwood turns light brown upon drying[
]. The wood is hard, heavy, strong, tough, and fine-textured and has irregular, interlocked grain and well-defined growth rings. The wood works easily and takes a fine polish. It is moderately resistant to dry-wood termites and is durable in contact with the ground[
]. It is used for the framework of houses, fence posts, construction, cabinetwork, and elsewhere for shingles. It should be suitable also for sporting goods, tool handles, boats, and flooring[
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