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Natal Plum Fruit Tree in Hands the flowers and the fruit for AustraliaBotanical Name: Carissa macrocarpa

An ornamental shrub with large white star shaped fragrant flowers. The large edible plum has a soft pinkish flesh. Fruits are delicious eaten whole including their skin and seeds. The flesh is a sweet cranberry flavour and can be used fresh in desserts, ice cream, yogurt, cakes and sauces. Fruits preserve well as jams, jelly's and chutneys and can be frozen, dried or bottled. With its sharp thorns this shrub makes an effective and almost impenetrable hedge. It also makes a beautiful bonsai specimen. Trees are tolerant of salt and wind and do not have invasive root systems.

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Height: 10-20cm
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Preferred Climate

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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Suitability in Pots


Water Requirements

Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

2-3 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

March, April, May


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Customer Comments on Natal Plum

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Natal Plum Share Your Review & Advice or ask questions on our Forum

Natal Plum

These are found all over Los Angeles where they thrive. When I first moved to CA and walked by one of these hedges in full bloom and I thought it was a bush form of Jasmine because of its aroma and unknowingly tried to touch this thorned devil. LOL. | Thomas Owen - Los Angeles, CA 10-Jul-2017

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We have some that were planted around the time I was born - which means they're now more than 40 years old and growing strong! They've had minimal care for many years and still flower and fruit. I grew up happily eating them. | Tiki Swain - Albany, WA 11-Dec-2016

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I have several of these plants growing in my garden. This is the first year we have had fruit. They are tough little plants and the fruit is delicious | Merv Bernie - Gayndah, QLD 07-Jan-2012

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I found this plant growing in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens and it was in fruit in September. Ones I found on the ground fell into my mouth and turned out to be the most delicious flavour. They grow well there but seem to do best in filtered light. | Peter Marsh - Littlehampton, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 25-Sep-2011

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This plant is certainly ornamental and the spines ensure it makes a good hedge. Unfortunately, I have never had fruit on my plants (now 3 y.o.) but I did read that hand pollination may be the key. | Martin W - Keperra, QLD 10-Dec-2010

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A favourite in it's native South Africa where this dense shrub is used as a hedge to keep out the unwanted. It has vicious thorns! Fruit is tangy. Makes great jams and sauces. Bullet proof when established. Pretty little flowers smell like gardenias. | David White - Sydney/west Ryde, NSW 30-Oct-2009
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Natal Plum (Seedling) 5/10

Amethyst's Edible Fruits
Update: 2491 days 1hrs

Comments: -

Glossy green leaves, good plant for a tough position. Starry, gardenia-smelling flowers. Would make an excellent hedge.

Update November 2013. In all it's time has only produced one or two fruits despite the fact there are several plants nearby.

Planted: 2007

Height 0.8 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 4

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 5% in

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

No pest management required. Never seen it damaged by insect pests.


Why don't I ever get any fruit?

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Geewhiz says... [1949 days 3hrs ago]
You might try feeding it sulphate of potash it promotes flower and fruit. Only if you soil is not already alkaline.

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Diana's Edible Fruits
Update: 3159 days 17hrs

Comments: -

Making a small hedge. Flowers after rain in early summer. A few fruit after two years.

Fruiting Months December

Planted: 2009

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: Self Pollination

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Natal Plum 7/10

Emma1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3674 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Spikey bush with hopefully yummy fruit.

Planted: 2010

Height 30 Centimetres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

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Fiona11's Edible Fruits
Update: 655 days 19hrs

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Natal Plum - Carissa Macrocarpa - March 2016

This little shrub is still well like under 10cm one year on.  It just hasn't gone anywhere.  Except it did flower!.  The most lovelly smelling little white flower.

July 2017 took the shadecloth guard off it to see if that makes a difference.

It enjoyed having more sun but in 2018 I ended up relocating it to another part of the garden in the hope of giving it a better chance.

Very spiny little shrub with beautiful flowers and hope to see it grow up

Planted: 2016

Height 9 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

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