Barbados Cherry

Scientific Name: Malpighia glabra

Other Names: Wild Crapemyrtle, Acerola, Manzanita

Description: 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.

Permaculture Uses: Fruit is edible and can be eaten raw or juiced.

Propagation: Softwood cuttings from new growth in summer.

Pollination: Self pollinating.

Local Challenges: None noted.