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Natal Plum Tuttle

Bright glossy green foliage, fragrant white flowers and a sweet red edible fruit make this African native a highly desirable shrub.  The fruit that is high in Vitamin C tastes similar to a sweet cranberry and can be eaten plain or made into jelly and other treats. However, watch for the double spines when gathering the berries and do not ingest any other part of the plant as it is highly toxic to humans, livestock and pets. It does best in sandy soil and full sun and copes well with salt spray and winds, making it a good choice for coastal areas. Matures to a height and spread of 2-3’ by 3-5’, is considered drought tolerant and grows best in Zones 9-11.