Myrciaria floribunda, Eugenia floribunda, Guavaberry, Rumberry

Myrciaria floribunda, Eugenia floribunda

Guavaberry, Rumberry
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Tropical America
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterRegular waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersFragrant plant

Myrciaria floribunda or Guavaberry is a small tree that grows to about 10-20 ft. tall in its natural environment, with a rounded crown, and ornamental foliage. It prefers semi-shade with regular water, but can tolerate moderate water. In cold climates it can be grown in a container and moved indoors for winter protection.

The flowers of the guavaberry are white to off-white and delicately fragrant, while the fruit is yellow orange to dark red, about half the size of a cherry, and has excellent tangy acidic flavor.

When growing guavaberry trees in containers, it is important to choose a pot that is slightly bigger than the root system and provides proper drainage. The soil should be well-draining and nutrient-rich. Plant the guavaberry in the soil and keep it moist and watered regularly. Fertilize your guavaberry every 1-2 months with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer. To prune and maintain the size, remove broken or dead branches, thin the crown, and if necessary, shape the branches. In cold climates with winter freezing temperatures, it is best to take your potted guavaberry indoors for winter and back outdoors when the temperatures rise again. With proper care, your guavaberry will thrive year-round.

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