Acerola (Malphighia glabra) , Plant Profile and Landscaping Uses
Acerola are a small tropical to sub-tropical fruit tree growing to 3m. The botanical name is Malpighia emearginata, and it is commonly known as the ‘ Barbados Cherry’. A fast growing tree, with attractive glossy green foliage. Flower are white turning to pink followed by the small red berries.
Although this a drought tolerant tree, good moisture is required for good flowering and hence berry production.
For best results plant in a protected area where winds will not be a problem. Acerola are shallow rooted and it is not advisable to cultivate beneath them as root disturbance can be a problem.
Although the plant is relatively drought tolerant, fruit production will be limited during dry years.
Plants can be cut back hard, however it may take a year or two for them to return to good fruit production. Best pruned in autumn after the fruit has been harvested.
Although Acerola can be propagated from seed grafted varieties are said to be more productive. They are a self pollinating plant which makes a single tree viable in home gardens.
These are a native of the West Indies and the edible cherry like fruit gives it its name of ‘Barbados Cherry’.
- Height – Usually to around 3 – 4 metres.
- Spread – Forms a bushy plant around 2 metres across.
- Position – Full sun.
- Soil – Humus rich with some moisture.
- Frost tolerant – No, especially when young.
- Container growing – Yes, they are suited to container growing if kept pruned to a smaller size.
Acerola fruit is high in vitamin C and Acerola are popular for use in Bonsai. These trees are grown commercially on a small scale in Australia.
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