Carissa grandiflora

Natal Plum
Carissa grandiflora
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Plant Type

Shrub

Evergreen-Deciduous

Evergreen

Overall Mature Size

Medium

Mature Height & Spread

5-8′ x 5-8

Exposure

Full to partial sun

Water

Medium, Low Water

Flower Color

White

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Special Features

Coastal Conditions, Hedge, Low Water Use, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Sunset Garden Zones

22-24

Moderate growing evergreen shrub with a rounded growth-habit to 5-8’ tall and wide or larger with age. This durable dense upright-growing species features glossy deep emerald-green foliage accented with an abundance of showy sweetly-fragrant star-shaped pure white flowers that appear predominantly in spring with sporadic bloom throughout the year in milder climates. Following flowering appear 1-2” oval-shaped fruit that ripen to bright-red in summer. This fruit is edible and is popular for jellies and jams as well as being a food source for various bird species. Flowers and fruit are often seen at the same time. This species is armed with rigid forked thorns and makes a formidable barrier. Well-suited as a large background or screen and takes well to shearing making it a good clipped hedge. Tolerates coastal conditions and a variety of soil types provided they’re fast-draining. Drought tolerant once established though a more robust-looking plant will be achieved with regular watering. Full to partial sun.

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