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PlantFiles: Guava, Tropical Guava, Goiaba, Ara-goiaba
Psidium guajava

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Psidium (SIGH-dee-um) (Info)
Species: guajava (gwah-JAV-vuh) (Info)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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8 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kiwisago On May 6, 2014, kiwisago from Vancouver
Canada wrote:

I planted 12 guava seeds from a fruit I ate - didn't fuss over them, so was surprised to find they all sprouted. Each had a different growth habit (tall, short, big leaves, small leaves, etc.) I kept the one that was most inclined to make lots of branches, and gave away the rest.

It is not hardy where I am, so it lives inside as a lovely houseplant. Needs an incredible amount of water in the summer. Ten years on, it is about 3 1/2 feet tall in a 10" diameter pot.

Positive greenman62 On Mar 4, 2014, greenman62 from Kenner, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Had a tree i thought i loved.
I loved the fruit, (white/creme)
and loved the fact that ig grew and fruited (lots of fruit!)
smelled great, and looked good too.
After the first couple of winters, i was real happy.
This last year, we had a VERY cold winter. a few nights below freezing.
Then another cold-snap, down to 25F for 3 days (night temps)
thsi finally killed it ( i think)
its lost all its leaves, and doesnt seem to be sprouting new ones (yet)
i will wait a few more weeks though, before i pull it up.
I just bought a small strawberry guava, hopefully that one can handle colder weather.

Positive phoenixtropical On Jul 18, 2006, phoenixtropical from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Tropical guavas do really great in the Phoenix area.

Positive stressbaby On Mar 19, 2006, stressbaby from Fulton, MO wrote:

Greenhouse culture not difficult. Not particular as to soil. Bark of 'Nana' cinammon brown, peeling, attractive.

I grow three varieties and I have not found them as susceptible to pests as citrus or other plants. SB

Positive sonotaps On Aug 11, 2004, sonotaps from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I've got a guava tree (ruby X supreme) located on a south wall here in Phoenix. Seems to handle all the water and sun you can give it in summer once established. I cover it on cold nights, but here in Phoenix I don't really have to worry about that too often.

It is probably the easiest of the truly 'tropical' fruit trees we can grow here in Phoenix. So much can be grown here, so it confounds me as to why people don't grow more interesting things in Phoenix.

Neutral punaheledp On Jul 16, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Guava is on the pest plant list in Hawaii, seed spread by birds, rats and pigs and becomes invasive. However, it is unlikely to be evaluated for biological control (unlike strawberry guave, for which research is ongoing) because of commercial orchards on Kauai and Hawaii (Big Is). I often find the bark attractive with a smooth satiny sheen and varigated shades of reddish-brown, blonds and grays. Do like the fruit fresh and in jams and juices, the also make a guava chiffon cake here, my son's favorite. It is not supposed to grow over 25'H. It grows at elevations below 500M. My neighbor has a "pear guava" (do not know species) which is OK except fruit is frequently stung by insects making it unusable. I was quite surprised to dicover little guava trees coming up in my yard, and not by seed, as when I dug down I found them growing from root that had gone under wall and back up near surface some 15'-20' from tree.

Positive foodiesleuth On Jun 10, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Guavas are seen growing wild almost everywhere on the windward side of our islands. They have established as wild flora all along the roasides.

Unfortunately, except for kids using them as misiles to throw at each other, guavas are not used much by the home cook.

On a commercial basis it is used for juice, jams and jellies mostly and sometimes for ice cream. It is the most un-utilized fruit in the islands considering the abundance with which it grows.

In my newspaper columns I try to print as many recipes with guava as I can find and test to encourage the use of them.

Very high in vitamin C content!

Positive Monocromatico On Jun 9, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

I just noticed that I didnt reviewed one of my favorite fruits, which I consume in many forms, and is very, very easy to grow in tropical and subtropical climates.

Positive _plant_maniac_ On Jun 9, 2004, _plant_maniac_ from Washington, DC wrote:

Growing Guavas (Pisidium )
Guavas are small trees or shrubs with leathery leaves and a bark that peels easily from the branches. They are native to tropical America. The fruits are round, ripening from green to yellow or red. They are very acidic and are full of hard round seeds.

Note: In the UK it will be very difficult to get the fruit to ripen. However, they do make a very attractive ornamental plant.

Desert - P. cattleianum - Strawberry Guava - slightly sweeter reddish-purple, plum size fruit.

Soil Conditions and Siting
Guavas will grow in any soil as long as it is moisture retentive and well drained. They require a lot of sunshine so it is best to plant under glass or in a container in a sunny, sheltered place or against a south facing wall.

Plant bushes 15ft (5m) apart.

An annual mulch of well-rotted manure is normally sufficient. This will help to keep the moisture in the ground as well.

Ensure that the plant is well watered, this is particularly important during its first year of growth.

Nip out top shoots to keep the plants bushy.

Protect from frost.

Pick fruits when ripe.

Pests and Diseases
Birds, Aphids.

Neutral actoon On Apr 6, 2004, actoon from Satellite Beach, FL wrote:

These trees do well on the beach areas and are very fast growing. They fruit after 2 years growth. They are susceptable to numerous insects, such as whiteflys and numerous types of scale.The fruit is very acromatic and may be eaten fresh or made into a juice or paste for later use. They also need regular watering and applicatons of a complete fertilizer insure a large crop.

Neutral Thaumaturgist On Jul 5, 2003, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

It might be worthwhile to list all the fruits here that
are called "Guava" in an effort to clarify any prospective confusion.

GUAVA, COMMON (Psidium guajava)
GUAVA, BRAZILIAN ( Psidium guineense)
GUAVA, CATTLEY (Psidium cattleianum)
GUAVA, COSTA RICAN (Psidium friedrichsthalianum)
GUAVA, PINEAPPLE (Feijoa sellowiana)
GUAVA, PUERTO RICAN (Psidium microphyllum)
GUAVA, STRAWBERRY (Psidium littorale)

It is interesting to note that of all the "Guava" fruits, only the Pineapple Guava comes from a species other than Psidium.

Neutral Floridian On Oct 1, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Guava is a common shade-tree or shrub in gardens providing shade while the guava fruits are eaten fresh and made into drinks, ice cream and preserves. Guava has spread widely throughout the tropics with moderate rainfall because it thrives on a variety of soils, propagates easily and bears fruit relatively quickly. The fruits contain numerous seeds that can produce a mature fruit-bearing plant within four years. Guava is widely grown for its fruit in the tropics. It has a distinctive fresh aroma with a sweet musk odor and the vitamin C content is higher than citrus.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mesa, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Chowchilla, California
Gonzales, California
Lafayette, California
Pasadena, California
Redondo Beach, California
San Diego, California
Topanga, California
Yorba Linda, California
Aripeka, Florida
Big Pine Key, Florida
Casselberry, Florida
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Fort Meade, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Largo, Florida
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Saint Augustine, Florida
Satellite Beach, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Kenner, Louisiana
Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Missouri City, Texas
St John, Virgin Islands

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