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.

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Common Name Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle, Acerola.
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 2-3 meter
Flower Colour Pink
Bloom Time April-October
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting And Care


Refer to our Beginners garden guide for detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.



Morning sunlight of more than 6 hours a day is ideal for flowering and fruit development.

SoilThe soil should be well-drained, fertile, and rich in organic content for growing the Barbados Cherry plant.

WateringPoke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.

Apply 4 cups (approx.200ml) of water when the topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.

Do not overwater the plant.

As a rule of thumb, water the plants thoroughly in summer and reduce watering in the winter and rainy seasons.

Water should be applied preferably in the morning or evening.

Application of FertilizerBefore application of fertilizer loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant, it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.

Apply organic fertilizer once a month during the main growing season (February-May)

Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

Plant ProtectionRemove dead, infected, or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.

For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil, or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.


Don’t Do overwater the plant especially when the pot doesn’t have a drainage hole.

Avoid applying water on hot afternoons. It may cause fungus infection.

Barbados Cherry Tree Care

Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.

Apply 4 cups (approx.200ml) of water when the topsoil (1-2 inches) in the pot feels dry to touch.

Keep the plant in indirect bright light.

Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.


Key requirements to keep the plant healthy:

Sunlight Natural bright light with morning sunlight(more than 6 hours)
Watering Apply 4 cups (approx.200ml) of water when the topsoil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch
Soil Well-drained, fertile, and rich in organic content
Temperature 15-30 Degree Celsius
Fertilizer Apply organic fertilizer once a month during the main growing season (February-May)
Harvest Season After 1 month from flowering(June – July)

Barbados Cherry Tree Special Feature

Drought tolerant and highest vitamin C content

Barbados Cherry Tree Uses

Ornamental Use:

  • The plant is used for an ornamental hedge purpose

Medicinal Use:

  • Barbados Cherry is most well-known for being extremely rich in vitamin C
  • Because of this, it’s often used to help with or prevent colds or flu
  • It’s also used as an antioxidant nutrient
  • Note: The following information is general guidelines, be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines

Culinary Use:

  • The ripe fruit is edible and widely consumed in the native area and is cultivated elsewhere for its high vitamin C content
  • The fruit can be used to make juices and pulps, vitamin C concentrate, and baby food, among other things


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