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Carissa macrocarpa, Carissa grandiflora, Natal Plum

Carissa macrocarpa, Carissa grandiflora

Natal Plum
Family: Apocynaceae
Origin: South Africa
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ftGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEdibleThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

It was first introduced into the United States in 1886 by the horticulturist Theodore L. Meade.

Fragrant star-like flowers and edible fruit. The oval fruit with tender, smooth skin turns to a bright magenta-red to dark-crimson, must be fully ripe and slightly soft to the touch to be eaten raw. Thorns make Carissa an excellent plant for barriers. Makes a good container specimen or bonsai.

Carissa is subtropical plant, thriving throughout Florida and enduring temperatures as low as 25 F when well-established. Young plants need protection when the temperature drops below 29F. The plant has moderate drought tolerance and high resistance to soil salinity and salt spray.


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Carissa grandiflora (macrocarpa) var. Horizontalis - Natal Plum

Natal Plum. Fragrant star-like flowers and edible fruit. The oval fruit with tender, smooth skin turns to a bright magenta-red to dark-crimson, must be fully ripe and slightly soft to the touch to be eaten raw. Thorns make Carissa an excellent plant for barriers. Makes a good container specimen or bonsai. Carissa is subtropical plant, thriving throughout Florida and enduring temperatures as low as 25 F when well-established. Young plants need protection when the temperature drops below 29F. The plant has moderate drought tolerance and high resistance to soil salinity and salt spray.

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