Carissa edulis

FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 4m x 4m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 6m x 4m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

An evergreen tree or scrambling shrub with a dense canopy. All parts of the plant exude a white non-toxic, milky latex. The bark is light brown and corky with deep cracks on older branches and stems. The leaves are leathery, drak green above and paler below. It bears rigid spines up to 70mm long. Flowers are borne on terminal heads and are star-shaped, white tinged with pink with a sweet, jasmine-like scent. The fruit is a roundish dark purple berry 25mm in diameter.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, forest

LANDSCAPING USES:
If planted close together, this makes an effective hedge. It also makes an attractive background plant.
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