Chilean Guava, Strawberry Myrtle

Ugni molinae

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ugni (UG-nee) (Info)
Species: molinae (mol-LIN-ee) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds


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

Richmond, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

Beverly Hills, Florida

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Hardeeville, South Carolina

Marysville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 8, 2010, jujubetexas from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

In Texas, you have to make sure this plant only gets morning sun and is put in the coolest part of the yard. Afternoon sun will make short work of this plant. The berries are so delicious that I will baby this plant even though it is way out of its heat zone down in Central Texas. This plant, unlike many other fruiting plants, will produce in partial shade. Dont even try planting this on alkaline soil. It needs a neutral to slightly acidic soil. Great for pots!!!


On Apr 9, 2010, thrower from North Auckland,
New Zealand wrote:

We planted a chilean guava in our garden in Gulf Harbour, North Auckland, New Zealand and it's now about 2 years old. Today I picked a bowl full of the fabulous fruit and stewed them gently. I then poured off all the water, added a cup of sugar and stirred it till it disolved. The taste was divine and I think it would also be great added to stewed apples.
However, the one down side is that the seeds become rock hard and would break your teeth if you tried to bite on them!!


On May 3, 2009, MTVineman from Helena, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is another plant I really enjoy growing. The Chilean Guava is fairly easy to grow given the correct conditions. Here in Montana, it must be grown inside as a houseplant although it loves to go outside during the summer months. When put outside in summer, it likes partial shade here as we are very high up in elevation and the leaves tend to burn otherwise. It likes somewhat acidic soil, fairly constant moisture and misting and a good feeding once in a while. I bought mine a few years back and it is now about 3 feet tall, dense and somewhat wide. The blooms are beautiful. Sort of a pinky-white colour and they resemble heather flowers. At least to my eye they do. It actually reminds me of a Manzanita plant. The plant is self fertile as far as I can tell but I have since taken cuttings fr... read more


On Dec 3, 2007, backrivergal from Hardeeville, SC wrote:

I have two large guavas, one on either side of a north facing barn door. We are zone 8b with slightly acidic soil. They are tough as nails with no special attention, about 10 feet high and across with dense foliage, and look good all year round. I raid them frequently for their foliage in flower arrangements, and the flowers are interesting too.

Some years I have made guava jelly, which is an old southern treat, if I have the time. If you are like me and like plants that look good all year long with no fuss, this is the one for you--just make sure you give it the space it needs.


On Jan 1, 2006, growin from Beautiful, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Small leaved round shrub that prefers moist somewhat acidic soil. Easily trimmed to shape. Does well close to the coast and is known to have escaped cultivation in parts of Ireland. Fruit is lightly sweet, sorta guava-like. A friend made jelly from the fruit and it was the best I've ever tasted - not too strong, sweet but smooth. Easily propagated from cuttings in peat-mix.