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PlantFiles: Dwarf Cherry
Malpighia glabra 'Florida Sweet'

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Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Malpighia (mal-PEE-gee-uh) (Info)
Species: glabra (GLAY-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Florida Sweet

Synonym:Malpighia punicifolia

Category:
Edible Fruits and Nuts
Shrubs
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Evergreen
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive MotherNature4 On Dec 17, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

According to Julia Morton, this superior clone was found in 1956 by workers at the University of Florida's Agricultural Research and Education Center in Homestead. It was named 'Florida Sweet'. It has an upright habit of growth, large fruits, thick skin, apple-like, semi-sweet flavor, and high yield.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida



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