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Carissa grandiflora

Natal plum

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height1.5m to 2m
  • Spread1.5m to 2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Carissa grandiflora (Natal plum). This is a bushy spreading evergreen shrub which is native to South Africa. The leaves are dark green, with fragrant flowers that are white and star-shaped, followed by plum-like, red edible fruits. The stems have spines which can be painful to trespassers. They will prefer a warm southern or western exposure, with protection from the frost.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Amatungulu

Origin

South Africa

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage, fruit, fragrance, greenhouse, hedge or screen

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Watch out for the thorns.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds when ripe in the spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

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