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Natal Plum

Natal Plum

Carissa macrocarpa Desert Star

Regular price $15.00 AUD
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Care Information

Expected Height Range:

1 m - 1.5 m

Spread Range:

1 m - 1.5 m

Preferred positioning:

Full sun, Partial sun, and Partial shade

Common uses:

Specimen plant, Supports wildlife, Erosion control, Low maintenance garden, and Drought tolerant

Flower Season/s:

Spring and Autumn

Flower Colour/s:

Plant life cycle:

Perennial

Habitat:

Originally from the coastal areas of South Africa, where it's found on sand dunes and edges of coastal forests. However has also been found thriving from the Eastern Cape northwards to Natal and Mozambique.

Leaf information:

Round glossy, dark green leaves

Preferred Soil:

Adaptable to a range of soil conditions, preferring well-drained soil.

A resilient, evergreen shrub that not only adds beauty to our gardens but also supports wildlife diversity. It has a red fruit and terminal white flowers that are not just eye-catching but also a haven for birds and insects, fostering a thriving ecosystem right in our backyards.

Care Considerations:

While the plant is drought tolerant, a generous water for a couple of weeks after planting will ensure strong root growth. Be careful not to overwater and make sure soil is well draining. This shrub can be pruned back to maintain shape and encourage denser growth. While fertilisers are not generally required, you could look at a slow release fertiliser to support growth. Applying a layer of mulch can also help maintain soil temperature and reduce weed growth.
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