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||4.00 to 11.00 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 F and above||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Malpighia Emarginata
- Plant at same depth as it is grown previously and twice as wide.
- If planting more than one plant, space them at least 15 feet apart.
- To plant, remove the plant from pot and gently knock out some soil around the roots.
- Place it in the planting hole and carefully spread the roots out.
- Fill the planting hole with soil and hand-tamp it gently. Water deeply to settle the soil around roots.
Typical uses of Malpighia Emarginata
Special features: Small, bright red, berry-sized fruit with a vitamin C content up to 65 times that of an orange.