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Grewia occidentalis
Grewia occidentalis

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Zones 8, 9, 12-27, H1, H2
Full Sun
Regular Water

Grewia occidentalis

Lavender Starflower
Evergreen, Shrubs

Fast-growing, sprawling South African native can be used in various ways. Unstaked, it grows 6 to 10 ft. tall (sometimes higher) with equal spread. Tends to branch freely in a flat pattern, making a natural espalier if given the support of a warm, sunny wall or fence. Becomes dense with pinching and pruning. Can be planted 4 ft. apart and used as tall clipped hedge or screen.

If plant is allowed to sprawl and upright stems are removed, it can serve as a bank cover. Can be trained as a single-trunked tree or tied in place to cover arbor or trellis. Dark green, oblong, finely toothed leaves 3 in. long. Star-shaped, inch-wide flowers are lavender pink with yellow centers. Blooms in late spring and sporadically into fall, especially if cut back lightly after first heavy bloom. Do any major pruning in fall after flowering is over. Tolerates wind.

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