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PlantFiles: Compact Natal Plum
Carissa macrocarpa 'Boxwood Beauty'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carissa (kar-ISS-uh) (Info)
Species: macrocarpa (ma-kro-KAR-pa) (Info)
Cultivar: Boxwood Beauty

Synonym:Carissa grandiflora

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive fla1garden On Mar 10, 2012, fla1garden from Mango, FL wrote:

Have had this plant in my yard for over 10 years . I just started to take care of it , it responded positively by growing nicely perfect leaves upright growth soon may have blooms. It will be grown as a specemine , then set in grownd . flagarden

Positive Twelve_tribes On Feb 6, 2010, Twelve_tribes from Greenacres, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I was walking around my college campus, and I smelled a very sweet smelling fragrance, and found this plant.

I took one of the Fruits, and brought it home, cut it open and took the seeds.

Should I dry them first? and then put them into a ziploc bag? I'd appreciate some help.

Neutral htop On Dec 10, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Compact Natal Plum 'Boxwood Beauty' (Carissa macrocarpa) has no thorns.

Negative mavoufl On Nov 8, 2008, mavoufl from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

After growing well for the first year, this fall our long border of natal plum is dying stem by stem, plant by plant. Can't figure it out - nothing has changed in its situation or care, and we do not observe any pests.
The plants put in this spring are dying first, and the plants put in over a year ago and which grew very well are starting to fail now one branch at a time, drying out and turning brown.

Positive Lily_love On Jun 6, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased this plant last winter, partly because there wasn't much activity outdoors. And I thought I would try my hands on some "Bonsai" culture. Due to its interesting bark, and twisting, gnalwing shape. As I "train" the plant in a small pot. It's now blooming! Yes, flower resembles a slender version of Plumera's bloom. One odd thing is that these flower buds are coming out from the thorny pertruberances. Very sharp, and pointed. And I have inadvertently pruned off most of the thorns! Lesson was learned about this odd beauty. I'd recommend this for it's beautiful in the winter months. The leaves turn a crimson red, orange which add more to its beauty~ all year round.

edit to add: I did not add my zipcode to this plant growing zone, simply because I have to winter them indoor. I treat them as 'tropical' until further information is researched/confirmed.

Positive aprilwillis On Sep 15, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Nice evergreen, shinny leaves- watch for thorns, very attractive, easy care.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona
Mesa, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Bartow, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Estero, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Venice, Florida
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
Corpus Christi, Texas
Houston, Texas
Missouri City, Texas

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