Green Carpet (Carissa macrocarpa 'Green Carpet')


Green Carpet

Carissa macrocarpa 'Green Carpet'

Glossy dark green leaves, sweet-smelling little white flowers and bright red fruits are all wonderful characteristics of this showy Green Carpet, one of the best low-growing groundcovers you can find! Native to southern Africa, Carissa macrocarpa 'Green Carpet' can tolerate salt spray, so they are also ideal for adding a splash of vibrant green to any SoCal beach house property! They’re not just great for coastal planting, either. These evergreen shrubs are also drought tolerant plants once established and grow very well in a variety of soil and water conditions, so they can grow just about anywhere in the Southwest – they can add a carpet of greenery from the coast to the desert!

This Carissa macrocarpa is easy to grow and grows best where there is full sun exposure, though it can tolerate some shade too. This Green Carpet shrub is a low-water use plant, so once established, it will have low to moderate watering needs. We love to plant them as an excellent alternative to a lawn grass and as a part of any firewise landscape!

If you’ve been thinking about a landscape revamp, right now is the best time to do it! Come visit our huge Palm Paradise nursery and speak with any of our professionals, we will be glad to show you around and we have our own professional landscape design services on the spot to help guide you along! We grow our own from our premium quality specimens, so you can rest assured that we have the best quality trees and plants anywhere!

  • Also known as Low Growing Natal Plum, Carissa, Green Carpet Natal Plum
  • Offers a variety of landscape uses including as a low growing hedge, foundation plant, groundcover, coastal gardens, containers and beds
  • Green Carpet is an accurate description of this showy evergreen shrub
  • Edible small fruit have a taste similar to a sweeter cranberry, the leaves are NOT edible
  • Aromatic little white flowers bloom all year long
  • ‘Green Carpet’ is the dwarf cultivar of Carissa macrocarpa
  • Birds are attracted to the bright red berries of this plant


Low growing shrub or ground cover with dark green foliage

Sturdy bloom spikes will re-bloom if spent blooms are removed

Full to partial sun