Lavender Star Flower Bonsai Tree, scientific name Grewia occidentalis, is an evergreen shrub that is native to Africa and Australia.
At the end of the spring, it produces beautiful star-shaped purple flowers, hence one of its common names Lavender Star Flower. This plant is drought and salt-tolerant. Great for indoors.
Scientific name: Grewia occidentalis
Common Names: African Starbush, Lavender Starflower, Crossberry, Four-corner, Buttonwood.
Origin: It is native to Africa and Australia.
Appearance: It is an evergreen shrub with simple, glossy, dark green leaves that are slightly hairy on both surfaces.
Flowering: At the end of spring it produces ornamental star-shaped purple flowers. Beautiful flowers are followed by shiny four-lobed fruits that turn reddish-brown to light purple when ripe. These little edible fruits can remain on the tree for a long period of time.
Outdoor/Indoor Use: Both. Like most tropical plants, it needs to be protected from freezing temperatures.
Light Requirements: It needs full sun for maximum blooming but can grow in partial shade.
Water Requirements: Likes moist but well-drained soil. Water more during hot summer months and less during winter. It is a drought and salt-tolerant plant.
Hardiness: Grows best in the USDA Zones 9-11. Needs to be protected from temperatures below 40F.
Propagation: By seed and cuttings.