Malpighia Emarginata, Barbados Cherry - Plant

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Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle
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Malpighia emarginata is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. Common names include acerola, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle.

Common name: Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle
Color: Pink
Bloom time: July to September
Height: 4.00 to 11.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance. Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area.

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 30 °F

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • plant care is not difficult but does require vigilance.
  • The vines need to be trained early when they are young.
  • You may use plant ties or just weave them through trellis sections.
  • Fertilize the plant in spring just before new growth appears.
  • Pinch off the tips of the vines in the second year to promote branching which will fill the trellis with bushy growth.


Special Feature:
Good as a specimen shrub or in groups. Shrub borders or perennial borders. In the South where above ground winter hardiness is not a problem, this cultivar is also quite effective as a tall screen or informal hedge.
Use
Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
The two main disease problems of crape myrtles are fungal leaf spot and powdery mildew. This cultivar reportedly has excellent mildew resistance. Foliage may yellow (chlorosis) in alkaline soils. Some susceptibility to aphids and scale.

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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