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Carissa

Carissa spp.

Starr 060922-9135 Carissa macrocarpa by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Carissa Overview

A small genus of around 8 species of small trees and shrubs that grow between 2-10m tall. They originate from tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, Australia and Africa and possess impressive thorns which can be simple or branched. Leaves are waxy and simple measuring between 2-8cm in length and flowers 1-5cm wide and usually cream or pink.

How to propagate Carissa

Seed

You can propagate by seeds when ripe in the spring.

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Other uses of Carissa

Grown for their flowers and overall appearance.