Definition of star bush in US English:

star bush


  • 1(More fully "African star bush") a small deciduous tree native to southern Africa which is also cultivated as a garden plant, Grewia occidentalis (family Malvaceae), having purple stellate flowers and four-lobed berries.

  • 2Any of various Australian shrubs of the genus Asterolasia (family Rutaceae) having white or yellow star-shaped flowers and hairy leaves; frequently with distinguishing word.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Australasian (Melbourne).