Malpighia Emarginata, Barbados Cherry - Plant
Description for Malpighia Emarginata, Barbados Cherry
Malpighia emarginata is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. Common names include acerola, Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry and wild crepe myrtle||Pink||July to September||4 to 11 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance. Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area.
|Full sun||Well-drained soil||Medium||30 degrees F||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Malpighia Emarginata
- 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 Emarginata
Special features: Good as a specimen shrub or in groups. Shrub borders or perennial borders. In the South where above ground winter hardiness is not a problem, this cultivar is also quite effective as a tall screen or informal hedge.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
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