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ABOUT THIS PLANT
Botanic Name: Malpighia emarginata
Common Names: Barbados Cherry, Acerola Cherry, Guarani Cherry, West Indian Cherry,
Native to: South and Central America, Southern Mexico
Growth Structure: Grows 10-15 feet tall
Water Preference: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Sun & Light Preference: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
CARE INSTRUCTIONSWhen first planting the Barbados cherry, choose a site that gets full sun and protection from high winds with well-draining soil. WIthin the first year, water every 3-4 days to help establish the shallow roots. After that, the barbados cherry only needs water once a week. This tree can take heavy pruning but take note that flowers grow on old wood. Avoid fertilizers that are high in nitrogen as it inhibits flower growth.
The Barbados cherry, or Acerola cherry, is a subtropical tree that can be grown as a large shrub or a small tree with drooping branches. The fruit is bright red, very juicy, but also quite tart, and it is high in Vitamin C. The fruit is usually eaten raw but can also be used in jellies, jams, and sauces.
A word of caution: the leaves have little hairs which may irritate the skin, especially for those who have sensitive skin. Also, this plant has shallow roots, so protection is needed if planted in a high wind area.