Psidium littorale
Plant Abstract

Known as- Strawberry guava
Grow Zone - 9 to 10
Type- Fruit
Familial- Myrtaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- Brazil
ht.- 3 to 6 ft.
Span- 2 to 3 ft.
Coloring- White
Shade/Light- Full sun
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- High
Tropical to sub-tropical plant which should be grown in containers in the St. Louis area in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. Reliably winter hardy to USDA Zone 9 (withstands winter temperatures of no less than 20 degrees F.). Place container outdoors in a sunny location from spring to fall and bring inside in winter. Self-fruitful, but better cross-pollination with resultant heavier fruiting may occur with more than one plant.
Strawberry guava is an evergreen, tropical to sub-tropical small fruiting tree or multi-stemmed shrub which is native to Brazil. In the wild, this plant is primarily shrubby in appearance and typically grows from 10-15’ (often to 25’) tall. In the St. Louis area where it must be grown in containers, it will probably grow no taller than 6’. Grown primarily for its fragrant white spring flowers, its greenish-gray to yellowish-brown bark and its spicy sweet berry-like fruit. White flowers with numerous stamens appear in spring. Flowers are edible and may be used as a garnish. Flowers give way in summer to dark red guava fruits (1-1.5” diameter) which have white flesh and a sweet but tangy strawberry-guava flavor. Fruits may be eaten fresh off the plant or used in jellies or juices. Elliptic to obovate, glossy green leaves (to 3” long) emerge bronze. Synonymous with Psidium cattleianum.
No serious insect or disease problems. Guava moth, fruit fly and whitefly can be sometime pests in subtropical outdoor plantings.
Common Applications-
Container plant which must be brought inside in winter in the St. Louis area. In Zones 9 and 10, it may be grown for fruit production or as an ornamental in shrub borders or as an informal hedge or screen.