This commonly grown shrub reaches up to 8 feet high and as wide, and the canopy coverage can be up to approximately 50 square feet. The leaves are an intense deep green, densely arranged on unique, tight, short branches. Fragrant white flowers are followed by red or purple fruit – as long as plants are not pruned excessively.

The Natal Plum makes a suitable hedge, but its spines can be a hazard. It accepts some shade. Protect it from frost by locating it in a warm microclimate, such as the south side of a building under a wide overhang. Many selections are available. Some popular ones include Boxwood Beauty, Fancy, Green Carpet, and Tuttlei. The plant is native to South Africa.

Source: Lush & Efficient