Barbados Cherry Tree

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Barbados Cherry Tree (Malpighia emarginata), also known as Spanish Cherry or Acerola Trees, can be found throughout the Indies and even growing in southern Texas where it thrives in growing zones 9 and up as a great fruiting tropical tree or large shrub!

Blooming in spring with a flush of pinkish lavender blossoms, your tree will be abuzz with pollinators and bees! The fragrant blooms sometimes appear year-round in warmer climates. Soon giving way to the glossy red fruit that shines among the bright green glossy foliage!

Modestly sized, reaching an easy-to-reach 12-18 feet tall, you can keep these pruned smaller yet to make harvest easier, or to tuck into an existing orchard or smaller property. An interesting Cherry tree, known to possess strong medicinal properties, rich nutritional content, mainly Vitamin C content. It is rich in vitamin A and vitamins B1, B2, and B3, as well as a rich source of bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which provide a high nutritive value and antioxidants!

Planting and Application:

Barbados Cherry are fantastic screening plants for privacy and creating ornamental small informal groups. Perfect edible landscaping plants, the fruit is commonly used to make pulps, juices, and vitamin C concentrates. It is also a common ingredient in baby foods. Acerola is also grown as an ornamental for your edible gardening needs.

Late-summer ripening fruit, a single medium-sized tree produces loads of deliciously exceptional fruit - season in and season out! Plant it as a specimen tree in your yard, or start a small orchard for a more bountiful harvest!

  • Pinkish-Lavender Fragrant Blossoms
  • Glossy Green Foliage & Glossy Red Fruit
  • Great Small Tree or Large Shrub
  • Privacy Hedgerows & Specimen Groupings
  • Tart Juicy High in Vitamin C & Nutrition

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Barbados Cherry Trees do best in sunny and well-drained soils. The fruit develops on old wood so don't prune until after the fruit is harvested. Requiring regular watering and moderate fertility, these can be drought tolerant once established. But for best flowering and fruit, maintain consistent moisture levels all growing season.

  • Partial Shade/Partial Sun Locations
  • Moderate Moisture & Consistent Fertilizer
  • Prune After Fruiting
  • See our Garden Blog for more Fruit Tree Care
  • Less Than 100 Chill Hours

The Barbados Cherry tree fruit is tart and Vitamin C-packed and features lovely fragrant flowerings! Perfect for small-space edible gardening! Order your unique plants and trees at before these curious specimens sell out!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Barbados Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 9-12
Growing Zones 9-12
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malpighia emarginata
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time After Fruiting
Fragrant Yes