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Barbados Cherry

Malpighia emarginata

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Barbados Cherry (Malpighia emarginata) at All Seasons Nursery

Barbados Cherry flowers

Barbados Cherry flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Barbados Cherry (Malpighia emarginata) at All Seasons Nursery

Barbados Cherry

Barbados Cherry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  10

Other Names:  Barbados Cherry, West Indian Cherry

Description:

A tropical, fruit bearing shrub or small tree, with a nice upright habit and dark green foliage; red-pink flowers are followed by edible fruits that are high in vitamin C; requires wind protection because of shallow roots; great for the back of borders

Ornamental Features

Barbados Cherry features showy clusters of fragrant pink flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes carried in abundance in late summer. It has dark green foliage. The fuzzy oval leaves remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Barbados Cherry is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting birds, bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Barbados Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Barbados Cherry will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This species is not originally from North America.

Barbados Cherry makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.