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Forest Num-Num

Carissa bispinosa

Also known as

Hedgethorn

Carissa bispinosa Uniondale 1168 by JonRichfield (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

3m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Forest Num-Num Overview

This tree-like shrub is found in most parts of South Africa, but grows particularly well in coastal areas. It is a beautiful ornamental garden feature as it bares pleasantly sweet smelling white flowers. The small red berries can be eaten raw and fresh or used to make deliciously sweet jellies and jams. Beware of the large thorns that are carried on the ends of the branches.

Common problems with Forest Num-Num

Scale or fungus may become present if the plants are grown in shade.

    How to harvest Forest Num-Num

    Harvest edible berries from Autumn to Spring.

    How to propagate Forest Num-Num

    Seed

    Sow seeds during autumn months

    Cuttings

    Special features of Forest Num-Num

    Drought resistant

    Can survive some periods of time with little watering.

    Attracts useful insects

    Butterflies and honeybees feed off of the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

    Hedge plant

    Often used as a hedge as the shrubs are quite wind resistant.

    Attracts birds

    Some birds may be attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

    Attracts butterflies

    Attractive flowers

    Wind break

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Forest Num-Num

    Medicinal

    Indiginous people use the plant's roots to treat tooth decay.

    Edible

    The entire berry including skin, flesh and seed are edible. Berries can be eaten raw or used to make jams and jellies.

    Other uses

    Edible