Carissa macrocarpa

Water Needs

low; water wise

Carissa macrocarpa
Shrub large
Natal Num-num/ Amatungulu

2 – 3 m


Light Conditions

shade; semi-shade; sun


tender; light


White; spring summer

sun; shade; semi-shade; dry shade; sandy soils; afternoon sun; windy exposed; security; screen; slope bank; container; shrubbery; salty; wildlife birds insects butterflies monkeys

Garden Situation


Coastal KZN; Coastal Eastern Cape; woodland forest


Subtropical East Coast; Thicket

Rain Season


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Excellent plant for a security screen or formal hedge with thick, dark green leaves and star-shaped scented flowers. Large red to purple fruits are edible and attract birds and monkeys. Slow to start. Good for coastal gardens. Thorns provide a good security barrier once fully grown. Evergreen, sun, light shade; light frost; low to moderate water.

Carissa macrocarpa
Carissa macrocarpa