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Grewia occidentalis

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

Synonym:Grewia caffra

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
White/Near White

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


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
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ezra805 On Mar 15, 2015, Ezra805 from Baywood-Los Osos, CA wrote:

This bush was on my property when I bought it, it survived with no watering for over 5 years, lives in drought conditions on the central coast of California, fog being the only water it receives. Planted in nutrient starved sand.

Positive CactusSpike On Jun 2, 2011, CactusSpike from Sydney
Australia wrote:

Fast growing, almost constantly flowering. It prefers damp soil & plenty of sun. It grows in an odd form as other mention; a semi-prostrate mound, branching at stark angles. In this way it is a bit like a Pyracantha & would probably go well espaliered.

Positive pjfrench On May 11, 2011, pjfrench from Orlando, FL wrote:

It blooms constantly, but froze to the ground in Orlando this winter. It is not a symetrical, easy to maintain shrub. It grows at very odd angles , throws up an arm 4', then branches at 90 degrees. I call it sculptural.

Positive marksgrdn On Aug 25, 2009, marksgrdn from Stockton, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

i bought this plant 1 yr ago, and never took it out of the 1gal container until this yr. planted it up a trellis that i made, and since being in the ground for about 2 months now, it is growing like crazy. i am amazed at how many times it has bloomed. has doubled in size as well. i water it about 2 times a week when i remember to. full sun til about 6pm. glad that i finally took it out of its confines.

Negative SierraTigerLily On May 5, 2009, SierraTigerLily from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

A compact and neat plant, but I'm having trouble establishing it in 10b. It seems to need consistent moisture but full sun.

Neutral Hase1 On Apr 22, 2005, Hase1 from Denton, TX wrote:

Plant blooms constantly from the time I bought it in spring until winter. It received sun from morning until about 3 pm. Unfortunally it didn't make it through the winter here in North Texas. Protect from frost !!

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 28, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Makes a self espaliered plant if planted next to a wall and can be kept to only a couple inches thick. Does best in full sun.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gilbert, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Yuma, Arizona
Baywood-los Osos, California
Citrus Heights, California
Fallbrook, California
Laguna Niguel, California
Long Beach, California
Martinez, California
Palm Springs, California
San Jose, California
Stockton, California
Upland, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Denton, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lake Jackson, Texas
Spring, Texas

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