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.