Bhimal (Grewia optiva)


Bhimal is a small to medium-sized tree reaching a height of 13-15 m. It grows in subtropical climate, where day temperatures are between -2°C and 38°C and where summer and autumn months are dry. Bhimal is an important agro-forestry species. It is a multi-purpose tree providing leaf fodder, fibre, and fuelwood. It is one of the most preferred species by the farmers to feed their cattle. Wood is yellowish white or grey with an unpleasant odour, and thus not readily used as firewood. The timber is heavy, fine textured, easy to saw when green but it becomes hard.