Malpighia punicifolia


Acerola Cherry

Barbados Cherry has great potential as a very productive (nearly everbearing), staple fruit crop for tropical & subtropical regions. The soft, juicy red fruit is thin-skinned & incredibly delicious. Our variety seems to be sweeter than most of the tart varieties. The fruit contains 2-3 seeds inside which can be chewed and spit out with ease. Barbados cherry doesn't come with the hard pit of common cherry varieties and provides more vitamin C than its distant cousins. Its ascorbic acid content has been studied and shown to greatly assist the immune system.

Often forming as multi-trunked shrub or trained as a tree, this plant is strong. The wood is thick and heavy, allowing the plant to tolerate more wind and chill hours than other fruit bearing trees in its growing zone. Barbados Cherry can easily be grown in containers due to its size, but for a full range of nutrient and to reach its climatic size, planting in the landscape will offer the most benefits.

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
Chill Hours: -
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-Evergreen
Plant Type: Perennial
Pollinator: Self-fertile
Blooming Season: May-November
Ripening Season: 2-3 weeks after flowering, can fruit for many months varying with watering schedule
Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities:
Full Size: Bushy shrub growing up to 10' high
Cold Tolerance: Cold tolerant for brief exposure to 28 degrees. Protect young plants at 30 degrees.
Light Requirements: Full Sun for more fruits
Drought Tolerance/Watering: Drought Tolerant once established but ensure watering during flowering & fruiting. For initial planting water every day to every other day and then gradually begin water 2-3 times per week after initial planting
Soil & Site Requirements: Prefers slightly acidic soil, tolerant of a variety of soils.