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Natal Plum

Carissa macrocarpa

a.k.a. Carissa

Medium sized fruit up to 2+ inches long, with a very juicy red pulp. Usually used for making preserves.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.

Description

Medium sized shrub up to 15ft high. Sometimes used for hedging or ground cover. Natal plum's can fruit and flower throughout the year. Flowers are bright white, with five narrow lobes, and have a wonderful fragrance.

Hardiness

Natal plum's are sub-tropical, surviving temperatures down to 25F when mature. Young plants should be protected from hard freezes.

Growing Environment

Plants are not too particular about soil or water requirements. Will stand short periods of drought and will not stand flooding. Grow in full sun (preferably) or light shade.

Propagation

By seed, or via budding and air-layering.

Uses

Eaten fresh or used to make preserves.

Native Range

Native to coastal South Africa.

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