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Natal Plum
Scientific Name: Carissa macrocarpa 'Green Carpet'
Family: Apocynaceae
Natal Plum (Carissa  macrocarpa 'Green Carpet')
Carissa macrocarpa 'Green carpet'
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 13,22-24
USDA: 10

Frost Tolerance: Tender in Phoenix, needs some protection: foliage damaged at 28 F (-2 C), serious damage at 24 F (-4 C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habits: Evergreen shrub, low growing, up to 18 inches tall (45 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water in summer


The Natal Plum is a spiny South African shrub used as a hedge or free standing, it has interestingly formed branches and shiny deep-green leaves, offset by white and pink flowers. It grows quickly and tolerates a wide range of lighting conditions, making good barriers, hedges, low screens, and foundation plantings.

Blooming Habits:
White fragrant 2 inch flowers throughout the growing season.

Fruiting Habits:
In the fall, the plant bears a 2" egg-shaped red fruit that exudes a white astringent latex unless fully ripe. The fruit turns red when ripe, and can then be eaten out-of-hand but does make good cranberry-like preserves.

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