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  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree for Sale

    Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree for Sale

 
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Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree

Malpighia glabra

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Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
(hardy down to 30℉)



Growing Zones 9-11 outdoors
4-11 patio
  /  
9-11 outdoors

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-12 ft.

Mature Width:

10-15 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

15 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Harvest Time:

June - August

Fruit Color:

Red

Year to Bear:

3-4 years

Botanical Name:

Malpighia glabra

Does Not Ship To:

AZ, CA, ID, WA



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Packs Beauty, Vitality and Convenience all into one Tree

Here's How:

  • Attractive, ornamental, tropical fruit tree
  • High quantities of juicy, flame-red colored Cherries
  • Healthy variety known for its high content of vitamin C
  • Highly adaptive, easy to grow in containers

Finally, a Cherry Tree you can Plant Anywhere

The Barbados Cherry Tree is a unique variety with a tropical look that's sure to liven any planting location you choose.

Reaching a mature height of just 12 feet tall, the Barbados' convenient size and hardy nature place it among the most adaptable cherry trees available. That makes it a great candidate for growing in a container just about anywhere. In fact, so diverse is the Barbados Cherry, it can even be cropped into a decorative and productive shrub.

Accentuated by bright, thick, evergreen leaves and pink flowers that bloom year round, the real stars are the cherries themselves. Apple shaped with traditional cherry size, the fruit's electric-red color glows as brightly as a cocktail cherry. These cherries have to be seen-and tasted--to be believed.

Scores of Cherries, filled with Flavor and something even better...

Not only are Barbados Cherries oozing with flavor, but pound for pound they contain the highest content of Vitamin C you'll find in any cherry available. Don't take our word for it. The University of Puerto Rico's School of Medicine actually studied the Barbados Cherry for its ability to help fight colds and discovered the healing properties in its high content of ascorbic acid. Aside from the health benefits from this amazing little fruit, the tree will give you an abundance of high quality, juicy cherries. And just because you decided to plant your Barbados Cherry in a container, don't think that means you have to sacrifice any of the incredible cherries that come with it.

Whether grown in the ground among other fruit trees in your garden, or in a container on the patio, you can still expect to harvest tons of delicious cherries each growing season. Delicious when plucked straight from the tree or for use in freshly squeezed juice, jellies, jams and even pies, the Barbados Cherry combines, beauty, taste and convenience all in one amazing tree.

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Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree Pollination

Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.

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Customer Reviews

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Beautiful tree for South Florida
Bought a very small 1 gal tree: planted it in the corner of our back yard: plenty of sun - had new growth shortly after planting. Anticipating spring 2015 for more growth. Fast & excellent shipment. Everything I have purchased has survived and is doing well in my Zone 9/10 southeast Florida property. If you are looking for a larger tree, try a local nursery
September 3, 2014
Purchased
over 3 years ago
The first one i got didnt make it but i got a replacement and planted in the soil instead of pot and barbados cherry is thriving at this time..Loves water and lots of sun. when all of my citrus got leaf burns but this plant was dancing in Las Vegas sun...I highly recommend to buy this trees...
July 26, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great looking cherry
I just received it about a month ago it's doubled in size pretty plant. Haven't had it long enough to get cherries so not sure what they taste like but in this Texas heat it's not only holding up but thriving in it.
July 26, 2015
San antonio, TX
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
9
Surprised
Planted about 2 weeks ago small tree as I expected(1Gal)
Received very dry as compared to others I bought. But,
it has already begun to flower, WOW.
July 30, 2015
Tampa, FL
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
9
Second attempt
This is my second attempt and I live in LI NY. Last season I purchased one that did will indoors during winter but I did not have a humidifier and lost the plant. I immediately purchased a second one and kept it in the shade for a week or so at the end of May then put it in full sun in June. It has since exploded and has small fruits already with many flowers coming. I am truly pleased and I will surely be successful this winter when I bring it indoors with a humidifier.
July 30, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
7
Awesome Purchase
It has been a couple months since we received this plant; although, we wished it came in a larger tree, the plant we received is growing as expected. It was stagnant for a couple weeks then it took off. We plan to keep the plant indoors facing sunlight for the winter months.
July 26, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Small but hopeful
Just received our 1-gallong plants. Very small - basically a 2x2" root ball inserted into a 1-gallon pot and no roots extending into that soil yet. Tree was about 12" high. Was disappointed in the size but maybe it will grow quickly. Overall looks healthy and we're hopeful it will grow.
May 16, 2017
Growing Zone:
8
Pretty little tree
Purchased soil mix and fertilizer they help it get a good start
June 28, 2016
Spring, TX
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
9
Bushy tree when received !
I expected to get a stick tree, but this arrived beautuful, loaded with branches and leaves! Hope I can keep it looking beautiful!
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October 31, 2017
Growing Zone:
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Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree


Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree Planting Diretions

The Barbados Cherry Tree (Malpighia glabra) or “Acerola” is a fast growing shrub (or tree depending on how it is pruned) with fruit that resembles a large cherry but has more of an apple taste with a slight sourness to it. They tend to differ from normal cherries in their appearance as well as their seeds. The fruit contains four (sometimes more) seeds but is very rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. The barbados is a warm weather lover and is only planted outdoors if within growing zones 9-11 but can be potted and brought indoors during the cold seasons for zones 4-11. These trees can flourish in limestone soil and prefer a pH range 5.5 to 6.5 (more alkaline).

 

Choosing a location: Barbados cherry trees like space to be able to stretch out so select a spot that is at least ten feet away from other trees. Make sure the spot is in full sun and the soil will not retain moisture for any extended period of time. Soil testing is always recommended when planting any new tree or shrub. Since Barbados cherry trees like their soil to be more alkaline, you may need to amend the soil if it is overly acidic. You can amend horticultural lime into the soil to about 8 inches in depth. Be sure to follow the directions for the lime when working into the soil

 

Planting Directions (in ground):
1) Make your hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
2) Remove the tree from its pot and gently knock some of the soil off of the root system.
3) Place the tree into the hole and carefully spread the roots out. You can amend some organic material or compost into the native soil if there is a lack of nutrients.
4) Carefully begin back filling the hole tamping lightly to avoid air pockets. When you have filled it half way, stop and add water to settle the soil then finish back filling.
5) Water the planting area deeply to completely settle the soil and then spread a 3 inch layer of mulch around to conserve moisture. Don’t let the mulch touch the trunk of the tree to avoid rot and fungal issues.
*Tip* If planting more than one tree, space them at least 12 feet apart from one another.

 

Planting directions (potted):
1) Start your Barbados off in a larger pot to allow ample room for root development. Be sure there is adequate drainage and try to avoid pots that are overly porous such as terracotta pots. A thin layer of gravel on the bottom of the pot will guarantee good drainage.
2) Your pot should be about 18-24 inches (15-25 gallon pot) and around 20 inches in height. Use a regular potting soil and amend it slightly with lime if it is too acidic. Be sure to check the contents and acidity of the potting soil as you may not need to amend it at all.
3) Hold the tree straight and upright. Fill in the potting soil around the root system tamping slightly as you fill to avoid air pockets.
4) Place the tree next to a south facing window to ensure it will get the proper full sun exposure it needs.

 

Watering: Young trees will need to be watered regularly. More mature trees will not require as much attention but Barbados cherries do require a constantly moistened soil. During the fruit development, it may need even more watering. A good way to get an idea for how often you need to water is by using your index finger. Stick it into the soil to a depth of a couple inches and feel around for moisture. If there is still a dampness then leave it be. If it feels like it is beginning to dry then give the tree a good watering. Barbados roots are fairly shallow and are closer to the surface so be sure to monitor your soil carefully in the warmer seasons or in periods of drought. Potted Barbados can be just as easily monitored by using your index finger.

 

Pruning: The barbados is technically a shrub but through pruning you can actually form this into a lovely dwarf tree. The Barbados, if left unchecked, will get quite “leggy” and branches will become crowded. Prune the tree in the late fall after harvesting to form it into a desired shape. Damaged, diseased or dead branches can be removed at any time. Be sure to sterilize your cutting tool(s) with rubbing alcohol to ensure a nice clean cut.

 

Fertilizing: Feed the Barbados with a time released 8-3-9 fertilizer formula when you begin to see growth starting on the tree in the spring. The cherry tree is a moderate feeder and may need multiple feedings during the growing season to produce a substantial crop. Be very careful to follow the application instructions on the fertilizer package to ensure you do not burn the root system. The potted Barbados will benefit from a bi-yearly feeding with a mineral fertilizer with a gradual release of nutrients. Try to avoid using anything with an excessive amount of nitrogen.

 
*TIP* Periodically check the soil pH for your potted tree to ensure it is not becoming too acidic. A soil testing kit can be found at your local Home Depot or Lowe’s and is fairly inexpensive.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
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I like dwarf trees and this one was. Doing well purchased last year. The color intrigued me also.
Frances G on Mar 29, 2016
Cherries are one of my favorites! It's cold hardy, & drought tolerant according to the description. Hopefully it will fruit now.
Aines M on Feb 29, 2016
I like dwarf trees and this one was. Doing well purchased last year. The color intrigued me also.
Frances G on Mar 29, 2016
Love cherries, taste good.
Stella m on Mar 26, 2016
Cherries are one of my favorites! It's cold hardy, & drought tolerant according to the description. Hopefully it will fruit now.
Aines M on Feb 29, 2016
I LOVE CHERRIES.
MARIA V on Oct 29, 2015
Love cherries, taste good.
Stella m on Mar 26, 2016
I LOVE CHERRIES.
MARIA V on Oct 29, 2015
does it need A pollinator?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Barbados Cherry Tree is self fertile, how ever if it has a mate to pollinate with you'll receive a higher fruit yield.
I am in California. Is there any way I can buy this plant?
tracy on Jun 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We are unable to ship any cherry trees to CA due to agricultural restrictions. To get one you would have to find it within the state of CA.
can barbados cherry grow in ocala fl an is it sweet?
carmen j on Jul 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Barbados Cherry has a very high vitamin C content, so it has a citrus almost orange like taste. They grow very well in Ocala Florida.
How tall will tree get if planted in patio container ?
Ruth O on Jul 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That would depend on the size of the container you transplant it to. Most of the time it will get around 5-6 ft.
if planting two or more trees, how far apart should they be spaced?
Dominic P on Aug 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No I recommend at least 15 feet,because properly trimmed they get very bushy& you need to mow in between & keep from shading each other.Needs direct hot sun & lots of watering especially in southern/central Florida coast!
What time of year should it be trimmed back and how?
Penny S on Jun 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A year after planting your Cherry Tree, prune your tree in the winter. Shape the tree to encourage horizontal branch growth with space between branches. Prune once a year as necessary to remove weak, drooping branches. These are usually poor fruit bearing branches and removing them will encourage positive air flow and healthy growth. Also make sure light can penetrate the center of the canopy.
how I plant it in a container and how big the container needs to be?
El Barbero Loko on Jun 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I put it in a 5 gal container; but later on planted it in the ground and it took off. It's growing beautifully. I water it and feed it with epsom salt.
It doesn't say. Is this a sweet or tart type cherry?
David F on Apr 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They are sweet, if fruit left on plant to maturity, a deep red. If they are picked early, they are tart, but still edible. I recently planted one I purchased at a local nursery with some fruit that was already set. I had not seen them previously and was intrigued. I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and will purchase another from FGT if I enjoy this one as much as I anticipate. - Kathy W
How long does it take to get a cherry when have a blossoms on the tree?
Sonya W on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: When mine blooms I feed it often and fruits are usually a month away. Mine is potted and stays inside during NY winters but goes out all summer in full sun. I do have to battle birds so you may end up picking fruits before they are ripe otherwise the birds can take your full harvest.
What fertilizer is best used for optimum growth? And how often?
Kari R on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Good, nutrient rich soil should only require the addition of nitrogen. Fertilize using nitrogen fertilizer twice annually applying 2 weeks after planting and 4 weeks after the first application. Use a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 and apply at the rate of 0.05 pounds of actual nitrogen per dose. Fertilizer application ratios vary upon the formulation so be sure to follow package directions. When applying, be sure fertilizer is 6 to 8 inches away from the trunk around the tree to prevent the roots from burning. Organic fertilizers such as manure or blood meal are highly discouraged as their nitrogen levels cannot be measured. Keep in mind that Cherry Trees require high levels of nitrogen early in the season and lower levels during the late summer.
Can this cherry tree grow close to the beach? It would be protected by the house so it would not get direct salt spray.
Lani D on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure, I live about 20 miles from beach and it grows and gives the cherries.
Can I plant the tree now, Late August?
Josephine B on Aug 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The best time to plant the Barbados Cherry is in the early spring or early fall. With Fall around the corner we're reaching an excellent time to plant.
will it do well as a potted patio tree and what kind droppage can I expect...fruit? flowers? leaves?
A shopper on Aug 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Some pink flowers will drop. The fruit will drop if not harvested in time. The cherries should be harvested when they fully turn from yellow to a brighter red color. This tree will give you blooms, fruit, and leaves if kept in a pot. It's an excellent container tree.
Is this tree sprouting tree or seedling tree?
NgocAnh on Sep 14, 2017

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