The Barbados Cherry is a large, bushy shrub or small tree attaining up to 20 ft (6 m) in height and an equal breadth with more or less erect or spreading and drooping, minutely hairy branches, and a short trunk to 4 in (10 cm) in diameter.
Its evergreen leaves are elliptic, oblong, obovate, or narrowly oblanceolate, somewhat wavy, 3/4 to 2 3/4 in (2-7 cm) long, 3/8 to 1 5/8 in (9.5-40 mm) wide, obtuse or rounded at the apex, acute or cuneate at the base, bearing white, silky, irritating hairs when very young and hairless, dark green, and glossy when mature. The flowers, in sessile or short-peduncled cymes, have 5 pink or lavender, spoon-shaped, fringed petals. The fruits, borne singly or in 2's or 3's in the leaf axils, are oblate to round, cherry-like but more or less obviously 3-lobed, 1/2 to 1 in (1.25-2.5 cm) wide, bright-red, with thin, glossy skin and orange-colored, very juicy with acid to subacid pulp. The 3 small, rounded seeds each have 2 large and 1 small fluted wings, thus forming what are generally conceived to be 3 triangular, yellowish, leathery-coated, corrugated inedible "stones".
(Morton, J. 1987. Fruits of Warm Climates.)