A picture of a Crossberry

Crossberry

Grewia occidentalis

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

7m

3m

Min

2m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Crossberry Overview

The crossberry is a small, hardy, attractive shrub to tree indigenous to Southern Africa. The common name stems from the 4-lobed fruit. Growing the crossberry in your garden will bring birds and butterflies into the garden. It has a non-aggressive root system enabling planting near to walls and paving.

Common problems with Crossberry

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Crossberry

    Berries are harvested when ripe.

    How to propagate Crossberry

    Seed

    Germination is erratic as the seed coat is strong.

    Special features of Crossberry

    Drought resistant

    Plants can withstand long dry periods

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees and butterflies, larvae of the rufous-winged elfin butterfly (Eagris nottoana) and buff-tipped skipper (Netrobalane canopus) feed on the leaves.

    Attracts birds

    Louries, mousebirds, bulbuls and barbets are know to feast on the fruit.

    Hedge plant

    Attracts butterflies

    Pot plant

    Pioneer

    Other uses of Crossberry

    Medicinal

    Parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine

    Edible

    Berries are edible, either fresh and raw, locals ferment the fruit with traditional beer, also used with goats milk to make berry yoghurt.

    Other uses

    Edible

    Medicinal

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