Known as- Strawberry guava
Grow Zone - 9 to 10
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 3 to 6 ft.
Span- 2 to 3 ft.
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.
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.