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Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry TreeMalpighia glabra

  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree

    Cherries ripen 2-3 weeks after flowering and produce for months when receiving ample watering.

  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree

    Mildly sweet to tart Barbadoes cherries grow in warm regions where others can not.

  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree

    Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree

  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree

    Small purple flowers appear May through November.

  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree
  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree
  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree
  • Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry Tree

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Barbados 'Acerola' Cherry TreeMalpighia glabra

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Easy to Grow Anywhere, Patio or Outdoors

Why the Barbados Cherry?

Imagine high quantities of juicy cherries anywhere in your landscape. With the Barbados Cherry, it’s possible since this variety can grow in a container on your patio or in your garden.

And this variety is known for being particularly healthy, so vitamin C is just another great benefit among many. Reaching a mature height of just 12 feet, the Barbados' convenient size and hardiness place it among the most adaptable cherry bushes available. It's totally diverse, perfect for placing in a container or cropping into a decorative, productive shrub.

Why Fast-Growing-Trees.com is Better

Whether it's grown in the ground among other fruit trees in your garden or in a container on the patio, the Barbados Cherry will provide tons of delicious cherries each growing season and in just one or two years. It’s fast, low-maintenance and versatile because we’ve planted, monitored and shipped it to your door with absolute care, so you get a high-quality tree that’s consistent year after year.

So, we’ve done the hard work, and you’ll reap the delectable rewards. Fresh, home-grown cherries that shine, whether they’re plucked and eaten straight from the tree or used in freshly squeezed juice, jellies, jams or home-baked pies. Order your Barbados Cherry today!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Start by selecting a spot that is at least ten feet away from other trees. Make sure the spot is in full sun (6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day) and the soil will not retain moisture for any extended period of time.


When you're ready to plant, dig a hole that's twice the width of the root ball and just as deep. Place your tree, back fill the soil, tamp down and water to settle the roots. Spread a layer of mulch around the surrounding soil to preserve moisture.

If you're container planting, select a pot that's about 18 to 24 inches (15 to 25 gallon pot) and around 20 inches in height. A thin layer of gravel on the bottom of the pot will guarantee good drainage. Plant your tree, then place near a South-facing window for best results.

Note: This product grows best in well-draining soil. When you receive your plant, you may notice small, white beads or rocks in the soil - this medium is added to increase drainage and keep your plant happy and healthy! 

2. 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. If you're not sure when to water, however, simply check the soil about 2 or 3 inches down. If the soil here is dry, it's time to water. Generally, we recommend watering once weekly, or watering based on your soil's moisture level.

3. Pruning: 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.

4. 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. Follow the application instructions on the fertilizer package. The potted Barbados will benefit from a bi-yearly feeding with a mineral fertilizer with a gradual release of nutrients.


Can you eat Barbados Cherries?

Yes, the Barbados Cherry is known for its unique, sweet and tart taste. They can be enjoyed cooked or eaten straight off the tree.

How long does it take for the Barbados Cherry to fruit?

The Barbados Cherry needs to be around 5 years old to produce fruit or around 5 ft. tall. The production is largely dependent upon the environment and if the needs are being met and will take around 23 days from flower to fruit.

How fast does a Barbados Cherry Tree grow?

The Barbados Cherry has a fast growth rate, so expect to maintain your ideal size with yearly pruning and around 2 ft. or more of growth in ideal conditions.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $49 $19.95

Product Details

Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
Mature Width: 10-15 ft.
Sunlight: Full-Partial
Growth Rate: Fast
Harvest Time: March - August
Year to Bear: Can Fruit the 1st Year!
Botanical Name: Malpighia glabra
Does Not Ship To: AZ,CA,ID,OR
Grows Well In Zones: 3-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
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3-11 patio         /           9-11 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 3-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors

(hardy down to 30℉)

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