Barbados cherry tree, Malpighia emarginata - Plant

Growing Barbados Cherry is an easy way to add a tropical flair to your garden. When you know its important and how to care for Barbados Cherry plant, you will be rewarded with many years of lovely fruits.

    What makes it special:
  • Popular for its highest vitamin C content.
  • Low maintenance plant.
  • Perfect plant for outdoor garden.
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About Barbados cherry tree

This product does not have the flowers and fruits at the time of shipping. Afterward, the plant will bloom and produce fruits. Malpighia emarginata is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a short bole and spreading branches in the Malpighiaceae family. It usually grows about 2-3 m in height.

The branches are brittle. The leaves are simple, opposite, and with small hairs. The flowers are bisexual with five pink or red petals. The fruits are bright red drupes, juicy, and has high vitamin C content making the fruits taste sour.

The fruits are edible, usually eaten raw but also made into juices, baby food, jam, etc. It is also grown as ornamental shrub and hedges in Landscaping. Keep spacing 4' for a hedge. It gives fewer fruits in partial 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.

Note: Stinging hairs that may cause skin irritation.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height25 inch (64 cm)
Plant Spread 5 inch (13 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle, Acerola.
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 2-3 meter
Flower Colour Pink
Bloom Time April-October
Difficulty Level Easy

Planting and care


Refer our Garden Guide for detailed procedures and meanings of words related to gardening.

Sunlight

  • Morning sunlight of more than 6 hours a day is ideal for flowering and fruit development.

  • Soil
  • The soil should be well drained,fertile and rich in organic content for growing Barbados Cherry plant.

  • Watering
  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 4 cup (approx.200ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch.
  • Do not overwater the plant.
  • As a rule of thumb, water the plants thoroughly in summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
  • Water should be applied preferably in the morning or evening.

  • Application of Fertilizer
  • Before application of fertilizer loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so, it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
  • Apply organic fertilizer once a month during the main growing season (February-May)
  • Apply water immediately after application of fertilizer.

  • Plant Protection
  • Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.
  • For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.

  • Don'ts
  • Do not overwater the plant specially when pot doesn't have drainage hole.
  • Avoid applying water in hot afternoon it may cause fungus infection.
  • Barbados cherry tree care

    Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:

  • Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.
  • Apply 4 cup (approx.200ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch.
  • Keep the plant in indirect bright light.
  • Do not re-pot for min. 2 weeks after receiving it.

  • Key requirements to keep plant healthy:

    Sunlight Natural bright light with morning sunlight(more than 6 hours)
    Watering Apply 4 cup(approx.200ml) of water when the top soil (1-2 inch) in the pot feels dry to touch
    Soil Well drained, fertile and rich in organic content
    Temperature 15-30 Degree Celsius
    Fertilizer Apply organic fertilizer once a month during main growing season (February-May)
    Harvest Season After 1 month from flowering(June - July)

    Barbados cherry tree special feature

    Drought tolerant and highest vitamin C content

    Barbados cherry tree uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental hedge purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Barbados Cherry is most well-known for being extremely rich in vitamin C
    • Because of this, it's often used to help with or prevent colds or flu
    • It's also used as an antioxidant nutrient
    • Note: The following information is general guidelines, be sure to ask your healthcare provider for guidelines

    Culinary Use:

    • Ripe fruit is edible and widely consumed in native area, and is cultivated elsewhere for its high vitamin C content
    • The fruit can be used to make juices and pulps, vitamin C concentrate, and baby food, among other things

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where to plant barbados cherry tree?

    Plant barbados cherry outdoor where more than 6 hrs.of direct bright sunlight is available.

    What does barbados cherry taste like?

    They taste a bit like an apple with a slight sourness.

    When does barbados cherry fruit?

    Barbados cherry Fruits from May to November.

    When to prune barbados cherry?

    The best time of year for pruning Barbados cherries is early in the fall, once fruiting has finished. Heavy pruning allows the plant to produce new growth that hardens off enough before chilly winter temperatures.

    How to germinate barbados cherry seeds?

    Seeds are generally very slow and difficult to germinate, usually requiring from 6 to 12 months at a minimum. barbados cherry is grown by seeds Consider the following points to grow plant. 1. Pot size up to 7-10 upper diameter inch with drainage hole. 2. Fill the container with well-drained soil. 3. Gently mix the soil. 4. Moisten the surface of the soil with water spray. 5. Sprinkle the seeds evenly on soil and cover with a thin soil layer. 6. Cover the seed container with a transparent plastic paper. 7. Place the seed container in indirect bright light. 8. Remove plastic wrapping once seeds start to germinate. 9. Keep the soil moist but do not make the soil soggy by overwatering. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    How to prune barbados cherry?

    Remove low-growing branches that stretch horizontally and all others that grow upward until you have a single trunk with a canopy above. For a shrub-like look, remove vertical branches to encourage the Barbados cherry to grow sideways in a bushy form.

    Is barbados cherry deciduous?

    Yes, barbados cherry is deciduous.

    Is barbados cherry self pollinating?

    Yes, Barbados cherry is self-pollinating.

    Is barbados cherry edible?

    Yes, barbados cherries are edible.

    How to grow barbados cherry tree?

    Consider the following points to grow a plant. 1. Pot size up to 7-10 upper diameter inch with a drainage hole. 2. Sunlight- More than 6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required. 3. Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well-drained, fertile and nutrient-rich. 4. Water-Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch. 5. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing season. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com

    How big do barbados cherry trees get?

    Barbados cherry will grow up to 20 ft.

    How to grow barbados cherry from cutting?

    The plant is grown by cuttings. Consider the following points to grow a plant. 1. Cut a 2- to 6-inch stem from the growing tip of a healthy, mature Barbados cherry shrub with a sharp knife in spring or summer after new growth appears. The cutting should have at least one leaf node. Two or more leaf nodes are better. Strip the leaves from the lower half of the stem cutting. 1. Select a Pot with size up to 7-10 upper diameter inch with a drainage hole. 2. Fill the pot with soil or potting mixture which should be well-drained, fertile and nutrient-rich. 3. Insert the cuttings 1-2 inches deep into the soil 4. Water the plant 5. Keep the pot in indirect bright sunlight. Note- for more details on growing please check above description on nurserylive.com

    What is barbados cherry?

    Barbados cherry is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae.



    Reviews

    Friday, 14 February 2020

    I m really happy to say that your packing is good ,on time delivery all plants are good .

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    Wednesday, 12 February 2020

    Is it suitable for office premises with no fresh air space

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    Monday, 10 February 2020

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    Friday, 29 June 2018

    Keep it away from harsh direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

    Aditi Agarwal

    Friday, 29 June 2018

    Very much happy with the product and service.

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    Friday, 29 June 2018

    What is Botanical name of this plant?

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    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Exactly what I wanted and couldn t locate in any of our local shops! Thanks

    Sarthak Markam

    Thursday, 28 June 2018

    Young ones adapt better

    Dhiraj Gome

    Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    Very good plant, very impressive packing, 2-3 leaves were dried. But will give 5 star

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    Saturday, 23 June 2018

    Is this plant low maintenance.

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    Friday, 22 June 2018

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    Wednesday, 20 June 2018

    Where did you get the round plant stands with the feet on them?

    GOVINDDEVJI MAHARAJ

    Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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    Tuesday, 19 June 2018

    I ve never ordered a plant online before. Will the plant not die doing delivery?

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    Tuesday, 19 June 2018

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    Saturday, 16 June 2018

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    Friday, 15 June 2018

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    Thursday, 14 June 2018

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    Wednesday, 13 June 2018

    A happy customer ?? But like could the rate be a bit reasonably else all good ... thanks

    Ravi Kumar

    Tuesday, 12 June 2018

    Does it comes with soil?

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    Tuesday, 12 June 2018

    What is Botanical name of this plant?

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    Tuesday, 12 June 2018

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    Uniquify

    Sunday, 10 June 2018

    Is this plant low maintenance.

    Nivedha Balaji

    Thursday, 07 June 2018

    How old is the plant you have shown..?

    Fathima Farheen

    Thursday, 07 June 2018

    Keep it away from harsh direct sunlight to prevent leaf burn.

    Marudadu RajyaLakshmi

    Wednesday, 06 June 2018

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    Wednesday, 06 June 2018

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    Wednesday, 06 June 2018

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    Tuesday, 05 June 2018

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    Tuesday, 05 June 2018

    when I opened the box I was amazed at how well this plant was packaged and how healthy they all were.

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    Sunday, 03 June 2018

    Today i got this plant...the colour of leaves touches heart.

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    Thursday, 31 May 2018

    Tried my self 90% germination rate.Go for it

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    Thursday, 31 May 2018

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    Sunday, 27 May 2018

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    Saturday, 26 May 2018

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    Neeta Singh

    Tuesday, 22 May 2018

    Very good. Worth the price

    Remya Jacob

    Monday, 21 May 2018

    This plant initially takes time to grow.

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    Sunday, 20 May 2018

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    Friday, 18 May 2018

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    Thursday, 17 May 2018

    Very good plant, very impressive packing, 2-3 leaves were dried. But will give 5 star

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    Tuesday, 15 May 2018

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    Saturday, 12 May 2018

    Bit price is high but it s amazing plant, sun is not required only lighting is enough at any conditions even room light is enough for this plant.

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    Thursday, 10 May 2018

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    Monday, 07 May 2018

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    Monday, 07 May 2018

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