Barbados Cherry (Malpighia emarginata)

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The Barbados Cherry, also known as West Indian Cherry or Acerola, is a tropical fruiting shrub or small tree.  It is native to the Lesser Antilles and tropical or sub-tropical regions of Central and South America. Barbados Cherry fruit is bright red in color and is LOADED with Vitamin C - 134% of your daily need to be exact. 

Barbados Cherry is cultivated for the production of juice in some parts of the world, especially Brazil, much like oranges are cultivated in Florida.  Mature plants can handle light frosts and will survive slight periods of drought. Barbados Cherry trees are incredibly easy to grow and care for and will fruit with little effort. 

How to Grow Barbados Cherry

Plant Type
Subtropical / Tropical Evergreen Fruit Tree

Harvest Season
Spring, Summer

Mature Size
8-12 ft tall and wide

Soil & Moisture
Prefers deep, fertile, slightly acidic and well-draining sandy soil. Barbados Cherry is drought tolerant but also enjoys moisture. 

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection until established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Our Barbados Cherry trees are either grown from cutting or tissue culture and will produce fruit within 1 or 2 years. The X-Large size is considerably more established with more branches however both sizes will fruit around the same time.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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6 reviews
  • ND
    Nadia D.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    10 months ago
    Excellent condition and packaging.

    Arrived in excellent condition.

    Packaging is very secure.

  • SM
    sonnya m.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 0-1
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 months ago
    So far so good.

    I dint k ow as yet. It's only 6" tall. But still green.

  • VS
    Vernon S.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 months ago
    Acerola Cherry my 1st Love

    In my teen years I use to make a juice with acerola cherries that’s what we called them in the islands. They are my first choice for an orchard and now these 4 that I bought from Sow Exotic will allow me to fulfill that dream


  • MD
    Mark D.
    Flag of United States
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    The tree was beautiful and healthy but it died.

    I planted this and a blood orange tree. The blood orange is thriving but this central florida heat killed my Barbados Cherry before it could be established. I think it needed a bigger pot like the blood orange tree had. The long pot of the orange tree had a deep root system at planting time. The cherry bush only had the smaller shallow coconut peat pot. I don't think the little cherry bush could get it's roots established deep enough. The tree came nicely packed and was healthy. I will buy again from Sow Exotic.

  • SP
    Sunnett P.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    Fast delivery, arrived in excellent shape!

    The plant came in excellent condition and is still doing good, thank you for the neat packaging!

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