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Grewia occidentalis (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Grewia occidentalis (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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

Grewia occidentalis

Lavender Starflower
Tiliaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

This fast-growing, sprawling South African native can be used in various ways. Unstaked, it grows 6–10 ft. tall (sometimes higher) with an 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 a tall clipped hedge or screen.

If the 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 an arbor or a trellis. Finely toothed leaves are dark green, oblong, 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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