University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Ornamentals

Natal Plum or Carissa (Carissa macrocarpa )

The Natal plum is a dense, broad evergreen shrub reaching a height of six to ten feet. The two to four inch, simple, opposite leaves are leathery in texture and dark green. Leaves have a milky sap. The stem has forked spines to two inches long. Flowers are solitary and star-shaped to two inches across. Flowers occur in spring and summer. The fruit of the Natal plum is an edible berry which is plum-shaped, red, and up to two inches long.