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Barbados cherry tree, Malpighia emarginata



Growing Barbados Cherry is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know its importance and how to care for the Barbados Cherry plant, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely fruits.

  • What makes it special: Popular for its highest vitamin C content.
  • Low maintenance plant.
  • The perfect plant for outdoor gardens.

This product does not have flowers and fruits at the time of shipping. Afterward, the plant will bloom and produce fruits. Malpighia emarginata is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a short bole and spreading branches in the Malpighiaceae family. It usually grows about 2-3 m in height.

The branches are brittle. The leaves are simple, opposite, and with small hairs. The flowers are bisexual with five pink or red petals. The fruits are bright red drupes, juicy, and have high vitamin C content making the fruits taste sour. The fruits are edible, usually eaten raw but also made into juices, baby food, jam, etc. It is also grown as ornamental shrub and hedges in Landscaping. Keep spacing 4 for a hedge. It gives fewer fruits in partial shade. It requires a warm climate. It can be propagated by seeds, cuttings, and other methods. The width of pots should be around 24 inches for a single acerola tree. Note Stinging hairs that may cause skin irritation.