Barbados Cherry

Malpighia glabra

Acerola, Manzanita, Wild Crape Myrtle

About This Plant

Sun/shade; a nearly evergreen shrub or small tree (there are many different growth habits.) In subfreezing winter temperatures, it may drop leaves. Usually seen in south-central Texas: a soft, rounded dwarf variety that can be sheared or left as a free-form specimen. Pink flowers earn it the name ‘wild crape myrtle’ but it is best known for its tiny, tart acerola fruits that are high in vitamin C. The fruit is appealing to many types of wildlife. Barbados cherry is better adapted to the deep clays and loams of central, southern and eastern Bexar County than to Hill Country rock.

Origins: South Texas. Central America; West Indies.


Light shaping; may be damaged in extreme freezes.

A semi-evergreen native shrub; mockingbirds love the berries.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 4 feet'

Min. Width: 3'

Max Width: 5 feet'

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