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Malpighia emarginata, Barbados cherry - Plant

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Acerola or Acerola Cherry is a tropical fruit-bearing small tree or a shrub.
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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.

Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
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

References

  • http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-2504411
  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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