Grewia occidentalis

Grewia occidentalis


Common Names

Cross-berry (english)
Kruisbessie (afrikaans)
Mulembu (venda)
Mokukutu (tswana)
Iklolo (zulu)


Genus Grewia
Species occidentalis
SA Plant Number 463
Basionym Grewia occidentalis


Grewia occidentalis is a very hardy, fast growing, evergreen shrub with attractive, rough, glossy, quite dark green leaves and trailing stems.

It bears gorgeous star-like pink flowers with a cluster of prominent, bright yellow stamens from October to January

 It also bears distinctive, edible fruits that are clustered together in a square or cross shape. This plant attracts birds and butterflies to the garden making it a must for a natural wildlife garden.

It grows well in both sun and shade and makes an excellent garden subject. 

Prune to keep in shape or use the trailing branches to train the plant up a wall or trellis. Good addition to a bush clump.

It has many medicinal and magical uses.

Size 2 to 6m 



Wildlife garden plant:

This is a must for a natural wildlife garden as it attracts birds and butterflies to the garden.



Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape

Natural Habitat:

Evergreen Forest and forest margins, Bushveld and thicket.



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