CHERRY – BARBADOS, ACEROLA

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COMMON NAME Barbados Cherry, Acerola, West Indian Cherry
BOTANICAL NAME Malpighia emarginata
HEIGHT 15′
WIDTH 15′
MONOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 40+ years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 28° F
SOIL TYPE Moist
WATER REQUIREMENTS Regularly
DROUGHT TOLERANCE No
SALT TOLERANCE No
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Full sun; Tolerates slight shade
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose, 10-10-10 once every 2 to 3 weeks from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves and trunk. Water before and after applying fertilizer.
FLOWER Small, bright pink, 5 petals, 10 yellow stamens
MONTH OF COLOR Summer
FRUIT Vibrant red, sweet and sour. Size of table grapes.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Allergies are rare. Those with “oral allergy syndrome” (OAS) also called “pollen-food syndrome” may be susceptible. May be used as a substitute for those with citrus allergies.
COMMENTS Also known as “Acerola” in Spanish. Self-pollinating tree. The fruit is sweet, tart, and high in vitamin A and vitamin C. Native shrub to the Antilles, grown naturally in wild forests of Central America and the Amazon.
PRICE 3 gallon $35