Star of David


The Star of David (Grewia occidentalis), also referred to as Lavender Star is a deciduous tree with purple, star-shaped flowers appearing in the summer, followed by berries in the fall. The simple leaves are shiny, deep green and sometimes slightly hairy.

This a great tree that grows vigorously and can withstand a little drought which makes it a forgiving tree if a little watering is skipped. Happy to grow outside in our Canadian summer and is very happy in a bright sunny space, preferably by a window in the winter.  

These are not seeds - But Actual Bonsai Tree

Please see our Choosing a Bonsai page, for the age and dimensions regarding the different stages of our Bonsai (Baby, Young, & Mature).

Soil (Substrate)

Bonsai soils are usually a mixture of organic potting compost (Pine Bark or Forest Floor), Akadamapumice, lava rock in varying amounts. 

It is important for the soil have good water retention while also draining well, along with very good aeration. The quality of the soil directly affects the health, size and growth of your tree. One of the worst things you can do to your tree is plant it in regular garden soil. Garden soil hardens when it drys and can often lead to a disadvantage when growing a Bonsai. 

Soil mixtures can be purchased here, but given their weight and cost of shipping, you can also easily make your own. 


Depending on the type of Bonsai you're growing, here are the general formulas for successful mixtures. 

Deciduous Tree (Leafy and looses leafs in the fall)

50% Akadama

20% Pumice

20% Lava Rock

10% Potting Compost


Coniferous Tree (Evergreen like Juniper, Cedar)

1/3 Akadama

1/3 Pumice

1/3 Lava Rock


If you are not able to check on your Bonsai's moisture levels daily, add more Akadama to the mix. 

Given how these soils erode over time, repotting every 2-3 years is required. 


Here are some suitable replacements if you cannot find the recommended types of soil.

  • Akadama - fine fired or baked clays, some even recommend cat litter as a substitute. 
  • Pumice - fine crushed aggregates, expanded shale and vermiculite.
  • Lava Rock - This can be replaced with fine gravel or you can also look into purchasing a larger lava rock at a hardware or gardening centre and crushing it. 



One of the best and easiest ways to fertilize your Bonsai, is to add a liquid fertilizer mix when water your Bonsai's once a month during the spring/summer. If your Bonsai looses leaves in the winter there is no need to fertilize it then. If you have a coniferous tree, fertilizing the tree once in the beginning of winter and once in the middle of winter should be sufficient.


Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Zubair w (Mississauga, CA)
Trees was good but losts a lot of leafs

Overall, I'm always satisfied with the health of the tree. However, on this order. My tree came not looking the best. After opening the box, I noticed alot of dead leafs.
I feel the company need to invest in better shipping process. I order my shipment on Sept 15th and I got my odrer on Sept 28th. That's almost 15 days my trees where locked in that box, with water or sun light. It would be nice if the company allowed local pick-up for people that in the same province. Instead of us waiting 15day.
Also, this time they didn't provide a care instructions for the trees, which was disappointing.

Olnick rochasmar (Bridlewood, CA)

I like it th Star of David it so healthy and very nice, but i wish it could be less expensive Loll.

Thank you guys and continue the good service.

Linda Browne (Cowansville, CA)
Great little tree!

I have bought two grewia from this dealer and they both arrived in perfect condition, flowered and are now growing like crazy! They also seem easy to care for. I recommend both the dealer and the plant.

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