Acerola - Florida Sweet

Malpighia emarginata

Acerola Cherries

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This bright red cherry like fruit has varying tastes during different stages as it ripens. When fully ripe the fruit is juicy and aromatic with its acid content giving it a sweet acid apple-like flavour. The tree can produce a number or crops each year, making for quite a long harvest season. Our selection is called the acerola Florida Sweet Cherry and is a pleasant eating variety that is not too sour. The acerola is well suited to pot culture where it can be kept to a smaller size. It could also be grown this way in cooler climates where it can be moved to a warmer position in the winter. A word of warning the foliage of the plant is covered in tiny irritating stinging hairs that can produce an allergic reaction. When pruning your trees wear a long sleeved shirt and a pair of gloves.
Other Names: Barbados cherry, acerola cherry, West Indian cherry, wild crepe myrtle

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Specifications of Acerola - Florida Sweet

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December

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Acerola - Florida Sweet Reviews & Tips

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gordon lee
★★★★★ 11months ago

DURACK (QLD), QLD, Australia

Acerola - Florida Sweet

had my Acerola cherry tree now for two and half years, first year had so many fruit, and flowers a few times a year, it has a beautiful strong Aromatic fragrant to it when in fruit, i keep it to around 1.80m in height for picking

Paul Harris
2y ago

Steiglitz, QLD, Australia

Acerola - Florida Sweet

In South East QLD near the sea, in a raised bed of soil and compost with the occasional handful of chook poo pellets thrown in, very healthy plant, but the fruit fly hit every cherry multiple times, birds pinch em too, we don't get any... :-(

★★★★ 3y ago


Cherries are delicious, but our winters aren't cold enough. I'd like to try and grow this as an alternative

Daniel Topp
3y ago

Mt Isa, QLD, Australia

Acerola - Florida Sweet

Prune lightly 1week after planting to get vigorous growth,feed with any Nik and blood n bone at same time ,when planting put 10 lt of coconut coir in bottom of hole,mulch heavy and water well .i planted several in the middle of summer itt loves the heat

★★★★★ 3y ago

KOONGAL, QLD, Australia

This tree is just planted in a pot with cheap potting mix and horse manure. I also give it daily watering and weekly worm castings just as it is getting started. The tree is growing insanely fast, it doesn't seem to mind water. In fact, the more water ...

★★★★ 6y ago

COBURG, VIC, Australia

When I first received this it lost all its leaves within a few weeks and I thought it wouldn't make it, but then it regrew more leaves and since then it's been growing very quickly.  It's now winter and it has lost a few leaves, and quite a few leaves...

★★★ 6y ago

TULLY, QLD, Australia

Nice fruit but only tasted one so far. It was a sweet sour taste but not overly sour and quite pleasant. Grows well in tropics but not much fruit yet.

★★ 6y ago


Hopefull this year the fruit will set. I have had a few small pink flowers but they haven't set yet. I think it is a good looking plant. The leaves are quite small and it seems to really like the pot it is growing in.

Mary Janke
6y ago

Mansfield, QLD, Australia

Acerola - Florida Sweet

Tree 4 years old, masses cherries, crops 5 times year! Loves downpours & flowers immediately. delicious juicy fruit. 3kg each crop!!!

6y ago

Lismore, NSW, Australia

Acerola - Florida Sweet

I have had an Acerola - Florida Sweet for about four years now. Made some Jam the other day and it is very, very nice!

Clive Halliday
7y ago

Majors Creek, QLD, Australia

Acerola - Florida Sweet

I have three. Always good, repeat crops summer in Dry tropics Seldom water in winter. I use bore water, medium sodicity. Green ants live in trees - no pests or disease. Bought one Florida sweet 20 yrs ago. Other 2 are cuttings.Tolerant of alkalinity.

Janet Catesby
7y ago

Toormina, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Lovely sweet fruit but leaves look a bit sparse. Have had lots of grasshoppers this year maybe it's them.

Jude Fanton
7y ago

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

Acerola - Florida Sweet MT

Keep pruned low for ease of harvest. We have 5 fifteen yr old bushes and eat only a tiny %. They hang over the lawned verge, so we eat mostly those that have dropped, as do the passing neighbours and children. We squeeze them for a divine juice.

7y ago

Bundamba, QLD, Australia

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Survived one day around 47 deg and two weeks of temps over 38 deg. never looked back. Probably does make a nice drink and jam - if the fruit ever got to the kitchen, the amount pickedseems to diminish rapidly on the walk down to the house.

7y ago

Mount-druitt, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

3 years Plant looking very good in pot lots of flowers but, not fruit yet hopping soon.

★★★ 8y ago

Bellmere, QLD, Australia

I prefer to call it the Barbados cherry and there's lots of good and some ordinary points about this large shrub.Firstly the ordinary: The plant itself is rather fickle and prone to stem breakage at the base of the shrub which isn't too bad due to it's...

★★★ 9y ago

Cringila, NSW, Australia

Update: Found its feet, flourishing now, and over 2m high! In fairly clay soil tooStill finding its feet, but OK

10y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

Very easy to grow, looks after itself. Fruits most of the year, with just 2-3 months break over winter. Has enough fruit for our family of three, our dog and fruit bats. We pruned it very heavily last winter and now it started to flower again.

★★★★★ 10y ago

Brighton, QLD, Australia

This little tree flowers and fruits non stop through spring, summer and autumn. Lots of fruit! My child loves it and eats some every day.Fruit has to be eaten straight after picking as it does not keep too well.Grows very fast, fruited a few months aft...

★★★ 11y ago

, Qld, Australia

Fast growing, fruiting already.

★★★ 11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

Tropcial cherry. Needed a lot of watering when first planted, always wilting, but I think that is way it is meant to look. It is also attacked by possum.

★★★★★ 11y ago

Keperra, QLD, Australia

Very tough tree. Can be fairly easily pruned to a smaller size. Very pretty masses of flowers throughout the warmer months and multiple crops of fruit.

★★ 11y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

Bought this lovely little plant years ago at Daleys. Soon after I brought it home it fruited, and was delicious. The following Winter, or the one after that, it was frosted, and now, years later, I am still waiting for it to fruit again.

★★★ 11y ago

Wakeley, NSW, Australia

High hopes for this plant. I tried it in Vietnam and it was a nice treat.

★★★★ 12y ago


Produces a profusion of small pink flowers followed by tasty soft red fruit. Some leaf loss in late winter, early spring due to cold Sydney winter. Very shallow rooted, so will benefit from staking to avoid toppling over. Requires good watering in dry ...

★★★★★ 12y ago

Coominya, QLD, Australia

Still in the pot.

★★★★★ 12y ago

Clayton, VIC, Australia

Very easy to look after, the more water it gets, the more flowers itgives. Lot of Cute pink flowers appear in Summer. Red fruits ready toeat out of hand in about a month or adding to fruit punch. This fruithas very high vitamin C content.  Fruits are ...

★★ 12y ago

Kingscote, SA, Australia

Early days yet. Put on good growth late last summer.  2009 winter its first, will survive but has dropped most leaves. Earwigs love it. We get no frosts so it should be OK.

12y ago

Winmalee, NSW, Australia

Grew well during warmer months but could never get it past August.  We get no frost

12y ago

TABULAM, NSW, Australia

Not frost hardy!. killed at -3 even with protection

★★★★★ 12y ago


Bumper crop this year (2010) flowered in two big flushes thru summer and the fruit delicious. Tastes like a cross between apple and raspberry, is firm and juicy. Birds like it too. I like it best when it turns quite dark red.It's a very undemanding pl...

★★★ 12y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Moderate grower, straggly looking but tough tree.  Fruits a few times throughout the year.

Amanda Sunley
12y ago

Geraldton, WA, Australia

Acerola Cherry - Florida Sweet

We live 1km from ocean in a horrifically hot and windy climate - ours doing really well - not many flowers or fruit though (>2yrs old and 2m high) wind has broken a large branch - but it's still happy (gets irrigated)

Flora Cauchi
15y ago

Kellyville, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry

Acerola combined with orange makes a great juice. And its jam tastes fantastic.

Anna Watts
15y ago

Quilpie, QLD, Australia

Acerola Cherry

It has lived and thrived through the hottest summer with regular watering. I would recommend this for Western Queensland gardeners. As with any fruit it's hard to beat the birds.

15y ago

Bankstown, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry

Has twice as much Vitamin C when unripe

David White
15y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry

Does very well espaliered. Full sun or near to. Water well and mulch heavily. Fruiting much improved by a good dose of potassium late winter and frequent additions of seasol.

16y ago

Bankstown 2200, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry

No fruit fly problems .

16y ago

Bankstown , Sydney, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry

Is World Champion in Vitamin C amounts - refer to ( see below )

16y ago

Bankstown, NSW, Australia

Acerola Cherry

Pick early ,before the birds and fruit fly then ripen inside the house, when green has turned to yellow.

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