Native to St. Croix, Trinidad and Curacao. The name Malpighia is used to honor Marcello Malpighia (1628-1693). He was a distinguished naturalist in Bologna, Italy. The natural form of the Barbados Cherry is Pendulous with weeping twigs and branches. The flowers are rose-pink, often several together in a cyme. Its fruit is small and it has a weeping growth habit if the branches are allowed to elongate. The round inedible fruits are borne singly or in 2's or 3's and are bright red with glossy skin. The fruit is very juicy and extremely high in ascorbic acid. Great indoor bonsai.
7 years old, 7" tall
Flowering bonsai tree, grown and trained by Bonsai Boy
Suitable humidity/drip tray is recommended.