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Sweet Southern Cherry Tree

Malpighia emarginata

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Sweet Southern Cherry Tree

Malpighia emarginata

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Tolerates Acidic Soil
Tolerates Alkaline Soil

Botanical Name

Malpighia emarginata

Outdoor Growing zone


Mature Height


Mature Width


Sun needs

Full Sun

The Sweet Southern Cherry Tree, also called the Barbados cherry and the acerola, is renowned for the enormous amounts of vitamin C its fruits contain. These round, red ‘cherries’ have a delicious tangy flavor, and they are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are great eaten raw, stewed, strained to make a sauce, or turned into juice and drinks. This large evergreen shrub has oval green leaves, a bushy habit, and beautiful dark-pink flowers. From flower to fruit is just 3 weeks, and a mature tree can carry 60 pounds of delicious fruit. Self-pollinating, it is very easy to grow indoors or outdoors.

  • Big crop of cherry-red fruits with a tangy sweetness
  • Enormous quantities of Vitamin C in the berries
  • Beautiful flowers of deep-pink
  • Can be grown indoors or outdoors
  • Great for desserts, sauces, juice and drinks

Full sun is best for the Sweet Southern Cherry Tree, which can take just a couple of degrees of frost. It grows in any well-drained soil, including alkaline soils and clays, and in pH values down to 5.5. Any pests or diseases are minor, and simple trimming will keep it neat and compact. In cooler areas grow in a container, bringing it indoors when frost threatens, and during the coldest months.

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