Grewia Species, Dhaman, Falsa, Phalsa

Grewia tiliifolia

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Grewia (GREW-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: tiliifolia (til-ee-eye-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Grewia subinaequalis




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Casa Grande, Arizona

Canoga Park, California

Encino, California

Fort Pierce, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Venice, Florida

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Arabi, Louisiana

Grenoble, Rhône-Alpes

Austin, Texas

Houston, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 19, 2016, Lsugirl from Arabi, LA wrote:

I am having great success growing my plant and I'm in New Orleans Louisiana I'm just not sure what to do for winter time if anyone can help me please do because I don't want the plant to die


On Sep 24, 2015, 621Gardner from Fort Pierce, FL wrote:

Hi folks, for those of you who are looking for this plant, Lowe's (I found them at the Vero Bch, FL store) has a new shipment of them, good sized healthy plants, some flowering for $9.98!!! I'm so excited to have found this plant, had never heard about it before seeing it at Lowe's. :) Since I was trying to find growing info & saw some of you wanting this plant, I figured I'd share the info :-)


On Aug 17, 2013, frankyjay wrote:

I have 2 established Phalsa bushes and i am trying to grow more, I have tried seed germination, it is somewhat successful and plants grow to about 2-3 inches but then they die, what am I doing wrong?

I would highly appreciate if someone can shed light and guide me in a right direction. Thanks


On Nov 2, 2012, DrKadri from Greatwood, TX wrote:

I have grown phalsa trees from the seedlings imported from Asia. I now have three stems that are 20 - 30 inches high at 15 months.
I have carefully maintained the soil type in the pots and then put them in the ground at 4 months.

You will be astonished to hear that I have 2-3 falsa (Phalsa) growing on one of the stems, at the plant age of 15 months. I have taken photos of the plants to show their health.

I made a considerable investment in getting this going and will soon be able to sell 3 - 6" high plants to recover some of my capital investment, and propogate the growth of this excellent fruit/berry in the US.


On Jul 4, 2012, ichoudhury from Lilburn, GA wrote:

Phalsa is one amazing fruit. My father collected and planted couple of trees that served us delicious fruit for many years. In fact, I loved it so much, I have been searching for it for a long time! Dark purple blueberries remind me of phalsa (those that are really sweet with a slight tartness ). Mmm!

So in Georgia, I never could germinate those seed. I've tried various resources , including a kind person from Pakistan mailed me some seeds (free of charge) . I tried heating pad, to all other germination technique. I may had to put them through stratification period. Anyway, I finally found a seller (thanks to Dave's Garden) selling some. Hopefully I will be able to taste some fruit one day soon. By the way, here is a great resource if you want to learn more on ... read more


On Dec 27, 2010, Dornier328300 from Chicago, IL wrote:

Does anyone know where in Florida can I find this fruit?




On May 27, 2004, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A native of the Indian subcontinent, the deciduous
Phalsa is so rare here in the US that only a handful
of rare fruit enthusiasts seem to be aware of it.

Used extensively in Folk medicine in its native land,
the Vitamin C enriched Phalsa has now become the
subject of renewed medical research in many countries
of the world.

The most talked about Phalsa tree on public property,
a beautiful and healthy specimen in Fruit & Spice Park
in Homestead, Florida, got decimated by Hurricane
Andrew in August, 1992.


On May 17, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Whew! it took alot of research to ID this one! Phalsa Is a large scraggly-looking bush or a small tree reaching 15-16 feet. The fruits are edible and are highly perishable. The fruits are borne in early summer and are approximately 1" in diameter.The skin of the ripened fruit is purple. It is used in India as a beverage fruit and the taste is similar to a grape although the texture reminds me more of a crabapple or apple. There is a single seed in the middle of the fruit.
The phalsa is indigenous to INDIA, Pakistan and Southeast Asia. It has been introduced in the Philippines and Georgia and Florida in the USA. It is also found in Puerto Rico.
Phalsa grows in many types of soil and the tree is drought tolerant.
The leaves of the Phalsa plant are used as animal fodde... read more