Barbados Cherry

Malpighia emarginata


Member Price: $39.95

Barbados Cherry
Barbados Cherry

Barbados Cherry

Malpighia emarginata

Price: $44.95

Member Price: $39.95

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The Barbados Cherry (Malpighia emarginata), also known as the Acerola or West Indian Cherry, is a versatile and fruitful tropical shrub prized for its ornamental value, attractive flowers, and nutrient-rich fruit. This evergreen shrub offers year-round interest and provides a bountiful harvest of delicious cherries, making it an excellent choice for gardeners seeking both visual appeal and edible rewards..

The Overall Plant

The Barbados Cherry is a small to medium-sized, evergreen shrub that typically reaches heights of 10-12 feet and a similar width. The plant features dark green, glossy leaves that are arranged in an opposite pattern on the branches. The shrub has a dense, bushy growth habit, making it well-suited to a variety of landscape uses, including borders, hedges, and accent plantings. It can also be grown in containers, allowing it to be moved indoors in colder climates.

This tropical plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and requires well-draining soil. It is relatively drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering, especially during periods of dry weather. The Barbados Cherry is also tolerant of salt spray, making it a suitable choice for coastal landscapes.

The Flowers

The Barbados Cherry is renowned for its attractive flowers that bloom throughout the year, with peak blooming periods in spring and fall. The flowers are small and feature five pink or white petals, often appearing in clusters along the branches. While the flowers are not particularly large, they add a subtle touch of color and visual interest to the garden.

The Fruit

Following the flowering stage, the Barbados Cherry produces small, round fruit that ripens from green to bright red. The cherries are approximately 1 inch in diameter and have a slightly tart, sweet flavor. The fruit is highly valued for its nutritional content, being particularly rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients.

The Barbados Cherry fruit can be eaten fresh, used in smoothies, or incorporated into various culinary dishes, making it a rewarding addition to the home garden. The fruit also attracts birds and other wildlife, further enhancing the plant's appeal.

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Every plant comes with our expert planting guide that will cover the specifics to ensure your plant grows absolutely nuts. It also comes with our free 30 day guarantee so if you aren't happy we got you covered.

Why Flora's Market?

We're not some middleman or corporate farm, when you buy from Flora's Market you are buying directly from a family of growers that's been doing it for generations. We pride ourselves on quality, that's why we back our plants 100% with our grower guarantee. If you're not happy don't sweat it, we got you covered.

Mature height: 10-12 ft.

Mature width: 10-12 ft.

Sunlight: Full-Partial Sun

Growth rate: Fast

Country of origin: West Indies

Growing zones:

Outdoor: 9-10