Barbados Cherry (Malpighia emarginata)
$168.22 incl. GST
Overall Height APPROXIMATELY 100cm-110cm.
- ⇒ Fruits are seasonal.
- ⇒ The picture shown is for reference only.
- The Barbados cherry, a member of the Malpighiaceae, is an interesting example of a fruit that rose, like Cinderella, from relative obscurity about 40 years ago.
- The Barbados cherry is a large, bushy shrub or small tree attaining up to 20 ft (6 m) in height and an equal breadth.
- The fruits, borne singly or in 2's or 3's in the leaf axils, are oblate to round, cherry-like but more or less obviously 3-lobed, bright-red, with thin, glossy skin and orange-colored, very juicy, acid to a sub-acid, pulp.
- The 3 small, rounded seeds each have 2 large and 1 small fluted wings, thus forming what are generally conceived to be 3 triangular, yellowish, leathery-coated, corrugated inedible "stones".
- Not only the Barbados Cherry is tasty, but it is also rich in vitamins!
- When the plant starts to get full of these bright red berries, it looks really beautiful in the garden!
- Barbados Cherry Trees prefer bright light and direct sun.
- If possible 12 hours of bright sunlight is best for growth and fruit production though we have gotten remarkable results growing these trees in 30% shade year-round.
- It is recommended that you fertilize at the same time as you water using a time-released fertilizer 8-3-9 or similar to help your Barbados Cherry Trees grow and produce a substantial crop.
- These trees are moderate feeders and may require multiple feeding during the growing season.
- It is important to follow the fertilizers labeled instructions as to not burn or kill the tree.
- A well-draining soil is of primary importance as Barbados Cherry Trees roots do not like to be wet and will rot if allowed to sit in water for extended periods.
- A mixture of soil, sand, and perlite is highly recommended for proper drainage.
- When watering Barbados Cherry Trees make sure to lightly soak the soil and then do not water again until the top 2 inches are dry.
- Depending on light conditions, location and foliage watering may be required weekly or daily.
- Be sure to not overwater, mucky soil will almost always cause decay and ultimately kill the tree.