Barbados Cherry is a dense twiggy multi-stem small to medium size evergreen shrub. The small medium to dark green leaves, densely branching fine textured stems, and suckering make this plant a good substitute for Boxwoods (Buxus spp.) for formal sheared hedges in the southern half of Texas. The diminutive flowers are fragrant and mildly showy. In warmer parts of the region, small red drupes can be of interest. This shrub has fairly rapid growth, good tolerance to heat, drought, and some salt exposure once established.
Plant Habit or Use:
Shrub, small shrub, medium shrub, tropical
sun, partial sun
White-pink to dark pink, 0.5 inch to 0.75 inch in diameter, in 3 to 7-flowered umbels.
Spring, summer, fall
Small 0.5 inch diameter red drupe, resembles a cherry,
4 ft to 8 ft (9 ft)
4 ft to 8 ft
Explanation of the Earth–Kind® Index breakdown
- Heat Tolerance: High Heat Tolerance
- Water Requirements: Medium Water Use
- Soil Requirements: Medium Soil Requirements
- Pest Tolerance: High Pest Resistance
- Fertility Requirements: Medium Fertility Requirements
USDA Hardiness Zones:
9, 10, 11
Regions that intersect these hardiness zones:
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Region E - Upper Rio Grande• Region F - Hill Country and Central Coast• Region G - Southeast Texas• Region H - Rio Grande Valley
Scales, nematodes, white flies, and spider mites are occasional problems, but cold tolerance is the biggest limiting factor.