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PlantFiles: Cross-berry, Four-corner, Grewia, Lavender Star Flower
Grewia occidentalis 'Mauve Star'

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Grewia (GREW-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: occidentalis (ok-sih-den-TAY-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Mauve Star

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Category:
Trees

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Smooth-Textured
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Veined

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive RosinaBloom On Feb 1, 2014, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

This attractive, deciduous shrub or small tree can reach up to 3m in height. Purple star-shaped flowers appear from October - January, followed by distinctive four-lobed fruits (hence the common name cross-berry and four-corner). Fruits turns shiny reddish-brown to light purple when ripe in January through to May, may remain on the tree for long periods. Cattle and various animals browse on the leaves, birds feast on the ripe fruit, and in certain areas where the sugar content of the fruits is high, they are collected and dried for later use. The dried fruits are sometimes boiled in milk - a bush milkshake! Beer is also brewed from the ripe fruit. The wood is used to make bows and spear shafts, the Cross-berry is an important species in traditional medicine, and is used for a variety of purposes. Bruised bark soaked in hot water is used to treat wounds. Pounded bark, used regularly as a shampoo, was believed to prevent hair from turning grey. Parts of the plant were used to treat impotence and sterility, and root extracts were used to help in childbirth.



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