Malpighia Emarginata, Barbados Cherry - Plant

Acerola or Acerola Cherry is a tropical fruit-bearing small tree or a shrub.
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Malpighia emarginata, Barbados cherry Plant

Description for Malpighia emarginata, Barbados cherry

Plant height: 20 - 30 inches (50 - 77 cm)
Plant spread: 4 - 6 inches (10 - 16 cm)

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(s): Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle
Flower colours: Pink
Bloom time: July to September
Max reachable height: Up to 11 feet
Difficulty to grow: 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: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained, dry, with moderate organic content
Water: Medium
Temperature: Up to 30 degrees C
Fertilizer: 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/

Reviews

Friday, 14 February 2020

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

Seema Mittal

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.

Rahul Gupta
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