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Carissa grandiflora/Natal Plum

Carissa grandiflora / Carissa grandiflora
Low, compact, spreading form of the natal plum
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Low, compact, spreading form of the natal plum

White, fragrant, star-shaped flowers

Mature plant

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Scientific Name: Carissa grandiflora
Common Name: Natal Plum
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Shrubs, Fruiting
Comments: Fruit edible and are used in making jams and jellies. It has spines and should not be planted close to foot traffic areas. May get root rot if too wet. It has drought tolerance but cannot tolerate hard freezes. Popular plant in southern Florida and along the Gulf Coast.