Natal Plum Carissa Macrocarpa
Natal Plum, Carissa macrocarpa, Carissa grandiflora
Natal Plum, also known as Carissa grandiflora or Carissa macrocarpa is a small shrub with dark, dense, glossy foliage and is enhanced by occasional starry white flowers blossoming in springtime. The leaves, grow in a rosette pattern resembling flower petals.
It is commonly known as the Natal plum, and it produces edible fruit (a red plum) you can make into jelly or pies. Widely planted as small hedge in borders, entryways, commonly seen in Florida landscapes, is an evergreen shrub that can be pruned as desire, is low maintenance and easy to maintain.
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Plant Hardiness Zones and Specifications
|Grow Zones:||4-9 Patios / 9-11 Outdoors|
|Mature Height:||2-3 ft.|
|Mature Width:||2-3 ft.|
|Light:||Thrives in Full Sun|
|Uses:||Small Hedge, Lining Borders|
|Soil Conditions:||Well drained Organic Soil|
|Does Not Ship To:||AZ|
The Natal Plum family of the Emerald Blanket and Boxwood Beauty shrub is a magnificent addition to any garden, its bright glossy green foliage also provides an attractive backdrop during the summer months. Additionally, it is low maintenance and can easily be shaped by pruning. This species grows vigorously in warm weather, making it well suited for many warm climates.
Landscaping recommended Uses, evergreen tree, small hedge, specimen plant, accent plant, in a container or planter, lining walkways, surrounding palms or other large trees, Roadsides and parking lot edges, along a porch, deck or patio, foundation planting, street medians and many others.
Planting and Care
Planting and Care Guide
In Ground - Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is parallel with the ground level. Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated upright, use the excavated soil to back fill around the root ball, tamp down to ensure air pockets are eliminated, thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. A 2-3 inch layer of organic hardwood mulch is strongly recommended, it will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth.
Container Pot - Natal Plum is container friendly and can thrive potted for years to come, do plan on repotting every 2 years to a 2-3 inch wider container.
LIGHT EXPOSURE - Outdoors thrives in FULL SUN, indoors bright light is recommended, a window exposure will suffix.
WATER - In ground water twice a week for the first growing season, once established rain water will suffice. Potted plants water every 5-6 days, increase frequency as plant matures.
FERTILIZING – No need to fertilize right away, We fertilize our plants during the production phase with slow release fertilizer which can last an additional 2-3 months supplying residual nutrients to the plant. Once fertilizing is due, you may use a fertilizer formulated for outdoor plants, preferably a slow release fertilizer 180 days duration, fertilize during spring or fall base on label instructions.
INSECTS OR DESEASES - Here’s another plus, this tree is not regularly affected by pests, however in the event that scale, mealy bugs, or mites are found to affect the plant, they can be controlled by applying horticultural neem oil that can be sprayed directly onto the insects, A second and third treatment, when using oils, will be necessary. Space out the sprays at 2 weeks intervals to break up the mealybug life cycle.
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