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TreeBook: Tree Species Indigenous to Southern Africa,   indexed by Scientific name.

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Carissa macrocarpa

Carissa macrocarpa | Big num-num | Grootnoemnoem | White flowers and non-aggressive roots

Carissa macrocarpa | Big num-num | Grootnoemnoem | Bears large, red, edible fruit in profusion, LOVED by fruit eating birds. Oubaai Golf Estate

Gardening ideas

Suitable for planting in a small garden as a screening tree or to attract fruit eating birds. Big num-num responds well to pruning, can be pruned into a formal shape and will grow in a large container. It is a deserving screening tree, alternatively focal point. Carrissa macrocarpa is a no-nonsense, easy grower.

Carissa macrocarpa

Big num-num


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It is hardy -survives a minimum temperature of -2C

  • It will grow in soil type:

well-drained, compost rich

Small: 2m high; 3m crown

  • Mature size?

  • Plant in container?


  • It's leaf growth is


  • It's growth rate is


  • It's roots are


  • It's drought tolerance?

Needs modest water

  • Sexes?

Bisexual flower on same tree

  • Birds?

Fruit eaters

up to 2m

  • Screening value?

  • Flowers?

showy flowers

  • Value to game?

no value

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