Carolina Desert-thorn (Carolinianum)

The Carolina Desert-thorn (Carolinianum) is generally described as a perennial shrub. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring . The Carolina Desert-thorn (Carolinianum) has green foliage and inconspicuous purple flowers, with a smattering of conspicuous red fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the fall, with fruit and seed production starting in the fall and continuing until fall. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Carolina Desert-thorn (Carolinianum) has a moderate life span relative to most other plant species and a slow growth rate. At maturity, the typical Carolina Desert-thorn (Carolinianum) will reach up to 9 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 3 feet.

The Carolina Desert-thorn (Carolinianum) is easily found in nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, seed. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have low vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below 17°F. has none tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Slow
General Type Shrub
Growth Period Spring
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Moderate
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability Routinely Available
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Fall
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Single Stem
Drought Tolerance None
Shade Tolerance Intolerant
Height When Mature 9
Vegetative Spread None
Flower Color Purple
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance Low
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Fall Fall
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Bare Root, Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements High
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature 17
Soil Depth for Roots 10
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Resprout Ability Yes
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 5.5–9 pH
Precipitation Range 24–24 inches/yr
Planting Density 2728–3450 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Coarse, Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 10
Minimum Frost-Free Days 250 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance Medium
CaCO3 Tolerance Medium
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Low
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA