Barbados Cherry (also called Acerola) is a small tropical tree that grows white and lavender blooms in spring, followed by bright red, tart cherries that can be eaten fresh or made into desserts and jellies. Barbados Cherries have one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C of any known fruit, with a single cherry containing more of the antioxidant than an average-sized orange. The trees remain small between 10 and 12 feet tall at maturity, and are suited to any landscape.
Barbados Cherry Trees can be grown in the ground in USDA Zones 9 to 11. They can also be grown in a container in colder areas, and trimmed into a hedge or shapely shrub. They are fast growing and prefer full sun. Plant your Barbados Cherry in a spot that gets at least 5 or more hours of direct sunlight per day and enjoy fresh, nutritious tropical cherries from your own garden.