Synonym Names: Carissa grandiflora
The Natal Plum is a shrub that quickly reaches 2'-7' tall and 10' wide. Stems have thorns. The plant produces a milky sap that may cause allergenic reactions for some folks. Leaves are leathery, glossy and dark green. White, fragrant star shaped flowers bloom in spring, followed by egg shaped fruit that turns red when ripe. Fruit tastes like cranberries! This shrub takes little water once it's established and tolerates heat. It's great for barrier hedges.
1-3', 3-6', 6-12'
Sandy, Clay, Rocky, Unparticular
13, 22, 23, 24
Salt Ocean Spray, Heat, Saline Soil
Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish
Fragrance, Showy Flowers
Background, Foundation, Patio
Erosion Control, Filler, Hedge, Screen
Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor
Photography by: Steve Mullany