Other Names:Barbados cherry, West Indian cherry, cereza, cerisier, semeruco, wild crapemyrtle
Type: Shrub / Tree
Native to: Central and South America, Caribbean
Fruit: The fruits are 1" and bright red. There can be 1-3 harvests per year, depending on the climate (warmer is better) Each tree will produce 30-60 pounds of fruit.
Height: The acerola grows up to 15'.
Hardiness: Acerola does not do well in the cold. Full grown trees can survive rare freezing periods, but they will lose their leaves.
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings, grafting
Uses: Acerola is often used as a Vitamin C supplement. It is also used in one flavor of Absolut vodka (Absolut Los Angeles) and Tic Tacs. It is tangy and can be sweet or sour.
The acerola tree is also a popular choice for bonsai.