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Carissa macrocarpa | Natal Plum

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Synonym Names: Carissa grandiflora

Family: Apocynaceae

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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.

Anatomy

Plant Type

Shrub

Height Range

1-3', 3-6', 6-12'

Width Range

6-12'

Flower Color

White

Flower Season

Spring

Leaf Color

Dark Green

Bark Color

n/a

Fruit Color

Red

Fruit Season

Summer

Culture

Sun

Full, Half

Water

Low

Growth Rate

Moderate

Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Rocky, Unparticular

Soil Condition

Average

Soil pH

Neutral

Adverse Factors

Allergenic, Thorns/Spines

USDA Zones

9, 10

Sunset Zones

13, 22, 23, 24

Susceptibilities

n/a

Tolerances

Salt Ocean Spray, Heat, Saline Soil

Design

Design Styles

Mediterranean, Ranch, Seascape, Spanish

Accenting Features

Fragrance, Showy Flowers

Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer

Location Uses

Background, Foundation, Patio

Special Uses

Erosion Control, Filler, Hedge, Screen

Attracts Wildlife

n/a

Information by: Jerry Sortomme Editor

Photography by: Steve Mullany

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