Category: Edible Fruits and Nuts Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
Spacing: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Hardiness: 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: Sun to Partial Shade
Bloom Color: Rose/Mauve
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season Provides winter interest
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From semi-hardwood cuttings By grafting
Seed Collecting: Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
On Apr 21, 2013, aussiekiwigal from Brisbane Australia wrote:
amazing tree, excited when it fruited twice, now onto it's 5th fruiting this summer - wow.....what to do with all the fruit, raw/jam/jelly/cordial? Flavour is divine, depending on ripeness, can even taste like feijoa which is a real favorite but difficult to grow here in Australia, fruit fly love to bite feijoa and ruin them.
On Mar 17, 2012, nancyanne from Lafayette, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This is a small shrubby plant, which produces profusions of pink flowers followed by small (pea-sized) fruit.
It spreads readily to form a mound of foliage and flowers which is very attractive.
The fruits, IMO, are quite dry and tasteless and too small to bother collecting to eat or make jellies or for cooking. Still, it is a beautiful plant.
The other species, emarginata and juncifolia, make large, cherry-sized fruit that is very tasty and juicy.
On Mar 11, 2011, awsimons from San Antonio, TX wrote:
I purchased the dwarf variety of Acerola last year. It has been a disappointment because of how slowly it grows. The plant basically looks the same now as it did a year ago when i planted it. My wife's school has some that are around 15 years old that are still tiny. Maybe not right for San Antonio, TX.
On Sep 23, 2006, LindaTX8 from NE Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I really like this plant. When it blooms, it's just delightful. A little bit unpredictable on blooming, but that's okay. It attracts insects and buterflies. It also is a host plant for certain skippers.
On May 23, 2006, CarolesJungle from Naples, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:
I grow this tree for the wonderful pink flowers and sort of weeping limbs. Sometimes I cut a twig and add to a vase flower arrangement. I notice butterflies and birds are attracted to the flowers and fruit. Very hardy in my yard once established.
On Apr 7, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
This plant can be used both as decorative, or for the fruits. The pink flowers and red fruits are ornamental. These fruits are tasty, juicy, and can be eaten in natura, or in juices. The acerola is also reputated as one of the fruits with the highest levels of vitamin C.
It lives confortably in tropical climates, and isn´t very demanding on soil types, as long as it´s well drained. Regular watering, high temperatures and full sun are necessary.
On Aug 2, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
Either a small tree or large shrub. It's native to the West Indies and Central and South America. The leaves have the color and texture of holly leaves--dark green and almost brittle. The fruit is very tasty and very high in vitamin C [up to 2,000 milligrams per 100 grams of edible flesh], maybe the highest of all fruit. Peak bloom time is April-May when it is a mass of small pink flowers.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Yuma, Arizona Alva, Florida Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Black Diamond, Florida Boca Del Mar, Florida Bradley, Florida Carver Ranches, Florida Combee Settlement, Florida Groveland, Florida Margate, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Merritt Island, Florida Mulberry, Florida Ocoee, Florida Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Palm Shores, Florida Pompano Beach, Florida Rockledge, Florida Sarasota, Florida South Venice, Florida St Petersburg, Florida Tildenville, Florida Vero Beach, Florida Vineyards, Florida Wauchula, Florida Village Park, Hawaii Gardere, Louisiana Gonzales, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Austin, Texas (4 reports) Converse, Texas Crawford, Texas Eagle Lake, Texas Grey Forest, Texas Lacoste, Texas Liberty Hill, Texas Marion, Texas Missouri City, Texas Palm Valley, Texas San Antonio, Texas (3 reports) San Leanna, Texas Serenada, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Tierra Grande, Texas Victoria, Texas