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Malphigia glabra /Barbados Cherry

Malphigia glabra  / Malphigia glabra
Medium fine textured foliage
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Medium fine textured foliage

Typical shrub with dense foliage

Close-up image of tapering leaves

Mass of the Barbados cherries growing in a raised planter

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Scientific Name: Malphigia glabra
Common Name: Barbados Cherry
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Pink, Multicolored
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: Drought and cold tolerant the Barbardos cherry retains its leaves down to about 26 degrees. It is killed to the ground with a hard freeze, but is root hardy with temperatures above 25. Birds eat the bright red seeds.