African starbush 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

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      African starbush

    • Common names

      Grewia caffra

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      2.5-4 metres

    • Spread

      1.5-2.5 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun

  • scissorsPruning

    group 1, but may need restrictive pruning under glass

  • bambooSoil


  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Patio & Container Plants

  • sproutPropogation

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

  • insectPests

    May be affected by glasshouse whitefly and glasshouse red spider mite

  • microbeDiseases

    Generally disease free