Malpighia coccigera , Miniature Holly, Singapore Holly, Florida Holly

Malpighia coccigera

Miniature Holly, Singapore Holly, Florida Holly
Family: Malpighiaceae
Origin: West Indies
Plant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersThorny or spiny

Malpighia coccigera (Miniature Holly) is a South American native shrub native to West Indies that can reach 5-10 ft. in height. It produces showy flowers of pink, white, and off-white colors that appear all summer long. Ornamental foliage with spiny or thorny edges make this species a perfect choice for a bonsai plant.

The plant grows best in full sun or semi-shade, with moderate amounts of water.

In order for the Malpighia coccigera to thrive, it should be planted in well-drained soil that is somewhat acidic in nature. During hot, dry spells, the plant should be monitored regularly for signs of dehydration. Watering should be done every 7-10 days during these times. To get the best performance, fertilizing should be done twice a year and pruning should be done during the spring and summer months.

Malpighia coccigera is suitable for USDA Zones 9-11. In colder climates, the plant should be planted in a pot. During winter the pot must be kept in a sheltered location to protect the plant from extreme temperatures.

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