"Nearly all parts of the natal plum are poisonous except for the fruit, which is red when ripe and quite delicious. It is a hardy plant, in the same family as the Oleander, and its thorns make it a good choice for barrier hedges. The white flowers are fragrant and keep blooming across two seasons.
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Carissa macrocarpa is called the Natal Plum because it is native to the Natal area of South Africa in the north direction to Mozambique.
A traditional fruit in Africa, the natal plum is being explored for its possible use to provide economic stability, support the economy and bring independence to women’s groups in the region. Looking to improve rural development, provide nutrition and discover more sustainable food sources, the fruit of the natal plum is often used to make jam, sauces and desserts.
beware, stay out, handle with care
Natal plum’s most useful quality for gardeners is its sturdy, spiny, evergreen foliage and branches. This makes it a great choice for screening or hedges, where it looks dense and finely textured. Its flowers and fruits also provide visual interest. It is often planted alongside Vinca, Petunia, and Bottlebrush.
1.8 m to 4.5 m
2.5 cm to 5 cm
Sand dunes, edges of coastal forests
Average water needs, watering when the top 3 cm of soil has dried out.
Fertilization once every 2-3 months during the growing season.
Trim the diseased, withered leaves once a month.
All year around
Sowing, Cutting, Layering
Needs excellent drainage in pots."