Return to the California Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Grewia oxidentalis( lavender starflower ) shrub

Posted by martinca none (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 4, 13 at 20:06

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!

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Grewia oxidentalis( lavender starflower ) shrub

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?

RE: Grewia oxidentalis( lavender starflower ) shrub

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.

RE: Grewia oxidentalis( lavender starflower ) shrub

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.

RE: Grewia oxidentalis( lavender starflower ) shrub

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.

RE: Grewia oxidentalis( lavender starflower ) shrub

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

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the California Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here