AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
buy or get emailed when available
Cherry / Strawberry Guava Growing Information
© Frances Michaels
Botanical Name:Psidium cattleianum
A compact, evergreen bushy shrub to 3 - 6 m in height, native to Brazil, with smooth, rounded branches. Its
leaves are smooth, glossy, leathery and about 5 - 8 cm long. The white flowers with fluffy stamens are borne
close to the stems, they bloom in late spring, but sometimes the tree blooms a second time in late autumn.
The fruit is round 2.5 - 4 cm in diameter (the size of a small plum), deep wine-red, with a very thin skin.
The flesh is juicy and believed to have the finest flavour of any guava. Cherry guavas will grow in a wide
range of soils but need good drainage. They dislike low temperatures and will not tolerate very heavy frost
but are hardier to cold than the common guava.
germinates best at 24 - 29°C soil temp.
pre-soak for 48 hours
5 mm deep
4 m between plants
tolerant of wide range of soil types but needs good drainage; pH 5
The fruit ripens January to June. In moist, tropical areas there is a risk of this plant becoming weedy.
Cover it with a bird net to prevent birds spreading the fruit into nearby rainforest areas or do not plant
the fruit can be eaten raw and is high in Vitamin C. It is also used
for sauces, jellies, drinks and jams.
the plants are also useful as fruiting hedge, poultry forage and