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Marcus, Joseph A.
Malpighia glabra L.
Acerola, Barbados Cherry, Manzanita, Wild crapemyrtle
USDA Symbol: MAGL6
Barbados Cherry develops into a thick, rounded canopy of fairly delicate foliage . Small pink flowers appear periodically from April to October and are followed about one month later by bright red, tart-tasting, 1-inch fruits which are high in vitamin C.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Size Notes:
To 2.5 meters in height. Leaf:
Pink Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
From south Texas south through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean to South America as far as Peru and Brazil. Native Habitat:
Thickets, brushland (matorral), and palm groves
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone. Well-drained. Conditions Comments:
Half of the winters in the Austin area are mild enough for Barbados cherry to keep its leaves. It is useful as a dense screening hedge that may be left soft, sheared, or as a specimen. Birds quickly gobble up its bright, edible fruit
and adult butterflies feed on the nectar. Standard tall and dwarf spreading varieties exist.
Blooms ornamental, Fruits ornamental, Attractive, Hedges, Accent tree
Patio pot plant, Ground cover, Mass planting Use Wildlife:
Nectar-insects, Fruit-birds, Fruit-mammals, Browse. Use Food: Fruit,
referred to as acerola cherries, eaten and used for juice throughout the worlds tropics and increasingly in temperate areas as well. Very high in Vitamin C. Conspicuous Flowers:
Birds , Butterflies Nectar Source:
PropagationPropagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: New growth comes in summer usually. Take tip cuttings on new growth. Roots easily. Blooming triggered by drop in temperature.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Record Last Modified: 2007-08-01
Research By: TWC Staff, LAL