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Barbados (Acerola) Cherry Malphinga glabra

  • Cherries ripen 2-3 weeks after flowering and produce for months when receiving ample watering.

    Cherries ripen 2-3 weeks after flowering and produce for months when receiving ample watering.

  • Mildly sweet to tart Barbadoes cherries grow in warm regions where others can not.

    Mildly sweet to tart Barbadoes cherries grow in warm regions where others can not.

  • Small purple flowers appear May through November.

    Small purple flowers appear May through November.

* Images shown are of mature plants

Barbados (Acerola) Cherry Malphinga glabra

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The Cherry That Packs a Vitamin C Punch

Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, but the Barbados Cherry (Malpighia glabra) is loaded with it. One cherry contains more vitamin C than an orange and supplies the recommended daily allowance of this essential nutrient! Also called acerola, the Barbados Cherry is a spectacular tree when it blooms in springtime, which doubles its value in the landscape.

A Tough Beauty
The dainty but profuse flowers of Barbados Cherry may give a false impression that this bush is delicate, but it is durable and adaptable to a host of environmental conditions. Across its perennial range in USDA Zones 9b through 11, it grows best in full sun and a soil pH of 6.5 to 7.5. In return it offers:

Flowers. Barbados Cherry's blossoms are absolutely stunning. They are an unusual shade of pinkish-lavender, with flower petals that are fringed!

Fruit. Each deep-red fruit is one-half to one inch in diameter, profusely dotting Barbados Cherry trees in summer through autumn. Other than the vitamin C punch they pack, these cherries are also rich in other vitamins and minerals, including calcium and iron.

Drought tolerance. Here's a plus that all gardeners love – a plant that can withstand short periods of dry weather. Although you'll have to keep newly transplanted trees watered well until they begin to grow, mature trees typically depend on natural rainfall for irrigation. Only during periods of severe drought should you have to water Barbados Cherry trees.

Picture This in Your Landscape
Barbados Cherry is a tree that fits even in small landscapes because its mature height reaches only 10 feet. It's beautiful as a single specimen, but it really wows when planted as a hedgerow or living fence. Your toughest choice may be deciding which look is prettier – when it's in full flower or when the bush is packed with red cherries!

Product Details

Growing Zones: 9-11 outdoors


    
    
    
      9-11 outdoors
    
   Map 9-11 outdoors (hardy down to 30℉)
  • Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
  • Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
  • Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
  • Spacing: 15 ft.
  • Growth Rate: up to 2 ft.
  • Does Not Ship To: AZ, CA, ID

Pollination Info

Barbados (Acerola) Cherry Pollination

Barbados (Acerola) Cherrys are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Barbados (Acerola) Cherry will drastically increase the size of your crop.

Shipping Details

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You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, & 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

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Zone 5 Week of April 11th
Zone 6 Week of March 28th
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Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship within 1-2 days. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

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Product Details

Growing Zones: 9-11 outdoors


    
    
    
      9-11 outdoors
    
   Map 9-11 outdoors (hardy down to 30℉)
  • Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
  • Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
  • Sunlight: Full to Partial Sun
  • Spacing: 15 ft.
  • Growth Rate: up to 2 ft.
  • Does Not Ship To: AZ, CA, ID

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