- It is a tropical tree which makes a fine addition to a South Florida gardener’s backyard fruit “orchard.”
- A native of the West Indies, it is a small, attractive, fast-growing tree that won’t reach much more than 12 feet, although it can be kept clipped back to shrub size.
- It’s leaves are small and evergreen, borne densely on rather brittle branches. The branches of some varieties droop; others are quite upright.
- The bright pink, five-petaled flowers are small but pretty, with the trees blooming mainly from April through October although some blossoms appear year around. Fruiting is from May to November, but again, a few cherries may be picked now and then throughout the winter.
- Barbados cherry is a large, bushy shrub or small tree that reaches mature heights of about 12 feet (3.5 m.). This attractive shrub produces thick, bright green leaves. Small, pinkish-lavender flowers bloom from spring to fall, and may pop up year round in warmer climates – usually after irrigation or a rainfall.
- Harvest Barbados cherries when the fruit is fully ripe. Wear gloves, though, because the fuzz on the stems and leaves can irritate the skin, especially when the tree is young.