Barbados Cherry is a small tree or bushy shrub, growing to 20 or more feet and about equal spread. It has a short trunk and more or less erect, open to moderately dense crown with slender branches. The bark is gray, with many lenticels and high in tannin. Leaves are shiny, light to dark green, simple, opposite, ovate to lanceolate, 3/4 - 3 x 2/5 - 1 3/5 inches, short-stemmed, with irritating hairs on the edges. Flowers are borne in groups of 3 - 5, eacy lacy bloom is deep pink to red in color, with fringed petals. Fruits are red berries which resemble cherries, are 1/2 - 1 inch in diameter, have a juicy pulp and 3 rounded seeds. Propagated by seed or cuttings. Fruits are edible fresh, cooked to make desserts and also have medicinal uses. In cultivation, the plant does well in basic soils that are well drained; it has a shallow root system. It benefits from pruning. Barbados cherry is grown commercially for its fruit. A major pest in florida is fruit fly. In landscaping, it is a good choice for yards and gardens, providing a colorful specimen or accent tree/shrub and a fruit source. It can also be managed as a hedge. It is a popular bonsai plant.