Malpighia emarginata, Barbados cherry - Plant
Description for Malpighia emarginata, Barbados cherry
Malpighia emarginata is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree. Fruiting may start after 2 to 3 years. The fruits are round, 1/2"-3/4" wide, bright red to purple, glossy skin, juicy, orange-colored pulp.
Green glossy leaves ave wavy margin.
Approximately 1 month is required for a fruit to ripen. It has approximately months of the harvest season.
Note: Stinging hairs that may cause skin irritation.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle||Pink||July to September||Up to 11 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Keep spacing 4' for a hedge. It gives fewer fruits in part shade. It requires warm climate. It can be propagated by seeds, cuttings and other methods. A width of pots should be around 24 inches for single acerola tree.
|Full sun||Well-drained, dry, with moderate organic content||Medium||Up to 30 degrees C||Apply an organic fertilizer once in 4 months.|
Caring for Malpighia emarginata
- Use compost as a mulch to protect roots from high temperatures and reduce evaporation.
- In primary years protect from frost.
Typical uses of Malpighia emarginata
Special features: Drought tolerant
Culinary use: Ripe fruit is eaten out of hand or cooked, strained to remove seeds, and used with added sugar to make syrup or jelly.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: NA
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