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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!


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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?


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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