Tomlinson Natal Plum
Carissa macrocarpa 'Tomlinson'
Allow soil to dry between waterings.
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217 Iverson Way Charlotte NC 28203
10625 Mcmullen Creek Parkway Charlotte NC 28226
- Pike Landscape Design Yard
12630 N Community House Rd Charlotte NC 28277
- Pike Nursery
Garden Center Charlotte NC 28277
|Botanical Pronunciation||kar-ISS-uh ma-kro-KAR-puh|
|Lore||This plant originates in Natal, South Africa. There it's edible fruit was valued by the Zulu who named it amatungula. Colonials harvested the fruit as well making it a popular source of jam and jelly enjoyed during afternoon tea. Enjoy fresh, in preserves, or baked in pies.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slowly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Intermittently spring to fall.|
|Design Ideas||This Natal Plum is perfect for smaller bungalow gardens and anywhere space is limited. Provides low-maintenance, forest-green foliage with highly fragrant flowers and big fruit. A structural component of many landscapes in warm-winter regions. Valuable for the sandy soils along the coast. Usually planted as an informal hedge in narrow or raised planting areas. May be sheared or left in a natural linear mass. Use in irregularly shaped clusters to fill wider planting areas. Drought resistant and takes reflected heat from patios, walks or driveway. Also does equally well in pots on rooftop gardens, balconies and decks.|
|Flower Attribute||Fragrant, Long Bloom Season|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Border, Hedge|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Edible, Showy Fruit, Waterwise, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Allow soil to dry between waterings.|
|Companion Plants||Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Dietes (African Iris); Shrub Rose (Rosa); Bottlebrush (Callistemon)|
Adaptable to a wide range of soils, given ample drainage. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates periodic drought. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune to shape in spring after initial bloom.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11