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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

$49.95 (35% Off)

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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents

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.



Growth Rate:


Harvest Time:

March - August

Botanical Name:

Malpighia glabra

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Easy to Plant and Grow, Anywhere

The Barbados Cherry Tree is a prime pick for your landscape and comes packed with benefits. It ticks all the boxes of a bold, bright botanical:

  • 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 and 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, the Barbados' convenient size and hardiness place it among the most adaptable cherry trees available. It's totally diverse, perfect for placing in a container or cropping into a decorative, productive shrub.

Accentuated by bright, thick, evergreen leaves and pink flowers that bloom year-round, the real stars are the cherries themselves. Apple-shaped but in a traditional cherry size, the fruit's electric-red color glows as brightly as a cocktail cherry. These tasty cherries are one-of-a-kind. Even better? The Barbados Cherry Tree fruits in late March or early April and continues to produce through August, with some fruit lasting all year. The tree will fruit within 1-2 years, even when it's in a container, and will grow in full to partial sun. Versatility is synonymous with this must-have tree.

Scores of cherries, filled with delectable flavor. Not only are Barbados Cherries oozing with flavor, but pound for pound, they also contain the highest content of vitamin C you'll find in any cherry available - even higher than citrus and guava fruit. 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 within its high content of ascorbic acid. Aside from the health benefits imparted by this amazing little fruit, your Barbados Cherry Tree will give you an abundance of high-quality, juicy cherry bites. 

Whether it's grown in the ground among other fruit trees in your garden or in a container on the patio, the Barbados Cherry Tree will provide tons of delicious cherries each growing season. Ultra-delicious, whether it's plucked and eaten straight from the tree or used in freshly squeezed juice, jellies, jams or home-baked pies, the Barbados Cherry merges beauty and taste with convenience, all in one amazing tree that's hassle-free. Order your Barbados Cherry Tree today!

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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

4.6 / 5.0
13 Reviews
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I received this tree in January. It looked dead but I assume it's dormant? It looked the roughest out of all the trees I ordered. Will update if it comes back to life in the spring.
January 4, 2019
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Thank you for shopping with us and for taking time to leave reviews! You are correct, your Barbados Cherry tree is dormant. It should fill out with new growth in the spring. If it doesn't, please let us know. We hope you enjoy your trees!
January 4, 2019
Amanda L Staff
Very happy:-)
I got my tree and it was very alive,well packed and no damaged during delivery. Very happy with my purchase. Thank you!
July 24, 2018
Growing Zone:
Very nice cherry tree
Just arrived today June 13 2018. Looks very healthy and the graft is perfectly healed. Pruned just right and it had a few lin side branches on it. I ordered rocket root with it. This is the 2-3ft tall tree. The tree trunk is slim
but very healthy. I can’t wait to eat cherries. I’ve replanted it. I can’t decide if I will plant it in the ground or keep it in the container. I’ll probably plant it in the ground next spring. I’ll post pictures if I can.
Just recieved cherry tree
Repotted in a grow bag, cherry tree
June 13, 2018
Growing Zone:
Well packaged. Small tree. Not much happening
Smaller than expected but still a well structured plant. Soil kept in tact and well packaged but roots were weak. Quite a few leaves lost from shipping shock. After around 1.5 months. Waiting for new growth.
May 14, 2018
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:
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:
Pretty little tree
Purchased soil mix and fertilizer they help it get a good start
June 28, 2016
Spring, TX
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
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
over 3 years ago

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

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
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
MARIA V on Oct 29, 2015
Love cherries, taste good.
Stella m on Mar 26, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
How long does it take to get a cherry when have a blossoms on the tree?
Sonya W on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Sorry, I did not mark the exact date, but I would venture a guess it took about 60 days. The biggest problem is once they start turning red the birds and squirrels notice them too, so you need to keep an eye on them or move the tree, if its in a container, to an inside patio.
They cherries are very tasty. I hope you get a chance to enjoy them!
Are these the sweeter or the tarter variety?
Jake B on May 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If they are left on the plant until fully ripe they are sweet. However if picked too early they will be a little tart.
Will it grow on the Louisiana coast where the environment is salty?
Wilda B on Jan 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The outdoor growing zones are 9-11. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Yes they are salt tolerant.
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.
Hello I live in Atlanta Georgia I intend to grow on my patio in a POT any issues?
ohrass on Jan 1, 2019
How long after planting will the tree bear fruit? Mine is almost a year since planting, plant looks great, 8 feet already, and I see a few flowers every so often, but never a true massive bloom, and not a fruit yet. I see bees visiting the few tiny flowers...
F L on Nov 17, 2018
What low temperature can this tree/bush tolerate? I’m in zone 9 (Houston) and the tree is outdoors?
Trish R on Oct 13, 2018
Is the entire fruit edible? I know sometimes you shouldn’t eat the seeds.
Rachel Z on Aug 3, 2018
Can this tree survive as a container plant in New York without being taken inside ( don't use humidifiers indoors plus can't control indoor temperature, no thermostat)?
maria r on Jul 12, 2018

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