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Malpighia Glabra, Pink Flowering Malpighia - Plant

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Malpighia Glabra, Barbados cherry is a shrub or small tree.
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Description for Malpighia Glabra, Pink Flowering Malpighia

grows up to 15 feet tall with widespread branches and evergreen oval leaves. The leaves are evergreen, simple, 0.5-15 cm long, with an entire, wavy margin. The flowers are solitary or in umbels of two to several together, each flower 1-2 cm diameter, with five pink or white petals.

The fruit is a red, orange or purple drupe, containing 2-3 hard seeds. It is sweet and juicy, and very rich in vitamin C, up to 65 times that of an orange.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Barbados Cherry, Wild Crapemyrtle, Acerola, ManzanitaPinkApril through October8 to 15 feetEasy to grow

Planting and care

Choose a warm, sheltered location when growing. The vining varieties require a support structure as some can get 15 feet tall. All plants prefer sun to light shade sites with well-draining and moderately fertile soil. Install the plant in the ground at the same level it was growing in the nursery pot.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full sun, Part shadeSandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone. Well-drained. Well-drained soilMedium20 to 30 degrees FApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Malpighia Glabra

  • 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.

Typical uses of Malpighia Glabra

Special features: Specimen for lawns or small areas around the home. Border peripheries. Japanese gardens. The ground cover form can be used as a ground cover, on banks or cascaded over walls.

Culinary use: Eaten fresh or as a flavoring for drinks. Commonly used in parts of South America to flavor ice creams, drinks, and cocktails.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: NA

References

  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/
  • http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Barbados%20Cherry.html
  • https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=magl6

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5 / 5 Yogita Gogia 30 August 2017
I purchased a plant online from nursery live and received it in a very perfect condition, Thanks nurserylive team
5 / 5 Manisha Sharma 16 August 2017
very durable plant to a wide range of conditions
5 / 5 Monisha Lijine John 28 July 2017
My plants are thriving! Will definitely buy this plant again when needed.
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