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Natal Plum


A fast-growing evergreen, shrub with a loose, rounded habit. The oval, leathery, rich green leaves hide sharp forked spines. Fragrant, white, jasmine-like flowers bloom year-round. Flowers are followed by red or purple cranberry-like edible fruits. Used mainly as a screen, hedge, or barrier plant.

Carissa macrocarpa

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit edible : Yes

Fruit width : 1-1 1/2<>

Fruit color : Red or purple

Bark notes : Forked spines, about 1-2 in. long, arm the branches and the ends of the twigs.

Fruit shape : Oval

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Leathery

Leaf length : 3"

Leaf shape : Oval

Leaf color : Green

Flower Characteristics

Flower fragrance : Yes

Flower width : 2"

Flower shape : Star-shaped

Flower color : White

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 5-7 ft.

Average size maturity height : 5-7 ft.

Growth rate : Fast

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 20 to 25 F( Z9a)

Sunset zone : 22-24

Water requirements : Moderate

Light exposure : Partial Sun

Landscape Attributes

Attractive bark :Yes

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