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Grewia occidentalis

African starbush

G. occidentalis may grow as a shrub, climber or small tree, with slender branches and evergreen leaves. In summer it bears small clusters of purplish-pink, star-shaped flowers, 3.5cm across, followed by fleshy, four-lobed, yellowish-orange then purple fruit

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green Orange Purple
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Malvaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Grewia are deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs and climbers with simple leaves and star-shaped, five-petalled flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Temp S Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in loam-based potting compost in full light

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 16°C, or by layering, in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Pruning group 1, but may need restrictive pruning under glass

Pests

May be affected by glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free

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