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Grewia robusta, Raisin Bush

Grewia robusta

Raisin Bush
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Grewioideae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

A large shrub to small tree, hardy to zone 9. The pretty pink flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs).

The plant prefers light sandy, medium loamy and heavy clay soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic soils. It can grow in semi-shade, light woodland or no shade. It requires moist soil. Succeeds in most soils.

The fruit is about the size of a pea. The fruit are edible raw or cooked, a pleasant acid taste.

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Grewia robusta, Raisin Bush
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Grewia robusta, Raisin Bush

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