Pretty shrub with white flowers

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Date Photo Taken: August 11, 2011
Location: Sebastian, FL
Posted By: Vany


We moved to a house that came with those shrubs. One of them is taller than 6ft. The other ones are about 4ft. They have thick torns and small white flowers about 1 to 2 inches in size.
The flowers have a nice sweet smell. 🙂


  1. jpierce Unregistered says:

    Looks like a jasmine of some type. Does it smell nice?

    September 25th, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  2. Katie P Unregistered says:

    Until nine years ago I lived in Boca Raton, Florida and had this shrub in my landscape. I can’t remember what it is called, and haven’t found it after many searches. Mine had a very compact habit, some thorns, and those small, star-shaped fragrant flowers. I think I remember is produced a small, smooth fruit. I wasn’t so much into horticulture then as I am now so I don’t think I ever knew the botanical name. I’ll get back to you if I can get my memory to help me out.

    October 10th, 2011 at 11:45 am
  3. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    This one has been a puzzler. Go Katie! Ah Walter, you there?

    October 12th, 2011 at 3:15 pm
  4. Vany Unregistered says:

    I’ve google it over and over again. I’ve tried under jasmine and anything that may look like it. I went thru all the books i have and still nothing. I cant name it, therefore i cant appropriately take care of it.

    It would be a huge help if i could find its name and from there i’d do some reasearch. The plant is really pretty but i have to do some heavy trimming and take care of it and I dont want to mess it up. I’d even thought about getting some cuttings and planting it under my window, for safety (it has nice pokey thorns). 🙂

    October 13th, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  5. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Ah ha!

    My friend Winston Eason in the Clayton Extension office says its natal plum


    October 14th, 2011 at 11:26 am
  6. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Ah ha for sure! Vany, I tried my best to make this some kink of alien Jasmine too! Mystery solved, thanks Walter and UGA extension expert guy Winston Eason!

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:06 pm
  7. Katie P Unregistered says:

    Thanks for coming up with that name I couldn’t remember. I knew it as Carissa plum. Its flowers smell like gardenias.

    October 15th, 2011 at 7:49 am
  8. Vany Unregistered says:

    That’s it!!! 🙂
    After you named it i looked it up online and there is no mistake. It’s Natal Plum! Thank you so much Walter Reeves and your friend Winston Eason too.

    October 18th, 2011 at 5:17 pm
  9. Vany Unregistered says:

    Ohh, and thank you everybody that tried, as i did, to find it’s name. 🙂

    October 18th, 2011 at 5:18 pm
  10. April Unregistered says:

    Thank you! I moved to Largo, FL 2 years ago and have these planted along the side of my home. I work in a flower shop and had no clue. Smells like gardenia, looks like a tree not bush, thought jasmine but not same leaves. Puzzle solved. 🙂

    May 5th, 2012 at 9:06 am
  11. John Becker Unregistered says:

    Japanese or Natal Plum are what they ate called here in Dunedin, Florida.

    They are very slow growing, but also very hardy bush with a wonderful sweet fragrant smell 🙂

    July 5th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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