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Carissa macrocarpa/Natal Plum

Carissa macrocarpa / Carissa macrocarpa
Red mature and green developing fruit with white star-shaped flowers
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Red mature and green developing fruit with white star-shaped flowers

A low, mounding shrub with varying stages of developing fruit

A close view of fruit and foliage

Young green fruit, red mature fruit, and typical thorns on the Natal Plum

Fruit and foliage

Young plant showing the low, spreading habit of growth

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Scientific Name: Carissa macrocarpa
Common Name: Natal Plum
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 10-15 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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: Makes an excellent hedge, screen, container and ground cover plant, particularly in part shade. All parts of natal plums are poisonous except for the ripe fruit. Can tolerate some saline conditions, but cannot tolerate hard freezes. A popular shrub in warm climates where soils are sandy.