Native to South Africa, Rhoicissus tomentosa (Cape Grape) is a woody evergreen climber. It can reach up to 25 feet tall and has a spread of around 7 feet. This vine or creeper loves full sun, but can tolerate semi-shade and it needs regular water when the soil is dry. Moderate water is required to ensure healthy growth and fruit production.
Rhoicissus tomentosa produces large, edible, globular yellow fruits that are usually 1 inch in diameter. These fruits are rich in Vitamin C and dietary fibers, which have been linked to improved digestive health, lower cholesterol levels, and reduced inflammation. In addition, the fruits contain carotene, which is beneficial for healthy eyesight, and Vitamin A, which helps in maintaining healthy bones and skin. The fruits have a sweet, musky taste and are often referred to as the wild grapes of South Africa.
It best suited to grow in USDA Zones 9-11.