Grewia oxidentalis( lavender starflower ) shrub

martinca_gwApril 4, 2013

Came across this on a post here . It seems to be a perfect shrub for a privacy screen. Any experience with this shrub , especially re. Growth, which is supposedly ' fast'. Also wonder if it's suitable for limbing up into tree form. TIA!

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lgteacher(SCal)

I have a lavender starflower along my back fence for a privacy screen. They do grow fast once they get going. I trim mine quite frequently. I don't know about forming it into a tree, but the limbs can get quite thick. Mine got out of hand and I cut it quite severely. Some of the lower limbs were almost 2 inches in diameter.

The photo is when it was unruly. It is now nicely trimmed to about 7 feet tall.

Here is a link that might be useful: What's Growing On?

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 11:36PM
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CA Kate

I had one at the old house that never did get dense, just long, arching branches. Perhaps I had a different cultivar than normal. I was always disappointed in my plant, but loved the flowers.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 11:43PM
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martinca_gw

Thank you both. So nice to see a pic. It looks quite tall....over15 feet, perhaps. Worth putting on the list for much needed privacy screen.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 1:25AM
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gobluedjm

I have 5 that are 2 yrs old and they die back from frost. I knew they would be frost tender but didn't expect almost all to be gone.
I put them in because they tolerate wind.
Since they are in the front of the house I might be replacing them.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 6:51PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I have heard that they are short-lived. I love the shape of the branches, especially when they cascade over a wall.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 9:42PM
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