Carissa macrocarpa

Carissa macrocarpa

Common Names

Amatungulu (english)
Grootnoemnoem (afrikaans)
amathungula (xhosa)
umthungulu (zulu)


Genus Carissa
Species macrocarpa
SA Plant Number 640.3
Basionym Carissa macrocarpa


Carissa macrocarpa is a hardy, drought resistant, dense, spiny shrub to small tree with large leathery, dark green, glossy leaves.

It has large, beautiful, scented, white flowers that are followed by large edible red fruits on and off throughout the year.

It attracts butterflies and fruit eating birds to the garden. The fruits make a delicious jelly that is sold as Amatungulu Jelly.

The Y shaped, hard thorns make this an ideal shrub for a security hedge.

It is an attractive screening shrub in sun or semi-shade. Clip into a formal hedge or use it as an attractive container plant.

Size 2 to 5m




KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape


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