Malpighia Glabra, Pink Flowering Malpighia - Plant
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 name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Barbados Cherry, Wild Crapemyrtle, Acerola, Manzanita||Pink||April through October||8 to 15 feet||Easy 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.
|Full sun, Part shade||Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone. Well-drained. Well-drained soil||Medium||20 to 30 degrees F||Apply 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
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