Malpighia are related to Barbados cherry and Surinam cherry. Dwarf shrub, evergreen opposite short petioled, spiny toothed leaves. Open, pink flowers and red fruit.
There are three varieties of malpighia which are used as bonsai subjects. Each has unique characteristics.
In their native tropical American environment, they may be found in the under story of tropical forests or on rocky hill sides near streams where the soil is rich and moist
This variety should be allowed to slightly dry between waterings, but never left to dry out
They are highly susceptible to root rot, so planting in a high draining soil is essential
over watering causes yellow leaves, and, water on the blooms ruins them.
They will enjoy a spot with full sun, but ensure they are not exposed to direct afternoon light as the foliage will burn very easily
Keeping a high light level is crucial to the health of the tree, supplementing with a grow light can be necessary during the winter season