Eugenia victoriana, Sundrop, Guayabilla

Eugenia victoriana

Sundrop, Guayabilla
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: South America
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersEdible plant

Eugenia victoriana, also known as Sundrop, is a rare shrub or small tree that grows up to 10 feet tall. It has drooping branches and fine elliptical leaves with sunken veins, and produces clusters of white flowers. The fruit of Sundrop is sour and is often used to make juice or flavor liquor in Colombia. Fruit is large, about 3 to 4 inches in diameter, with a thin, shiny orange skin and 2 to 4 seeds per fruit. Sundrop is a good source of vitamin C and is rich in antioxidants, copper, magnesium, and vitamin C, which may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and support skin health.

To grow Sundrop successfully in USDA Zones 10-11, it is best to plant it in acid soil that is moist and has high organic content. Sundrop is fairly compact and can be grown in a container, but it is sensitive to frost and may need to be protected or brought indoors in cold regions. No pruning is required for this fruit tree, but it should be placed in a bright, sunny area with temperatures above 55F. Eating Sundrop fruit can provide numerous health benefits. The fruit is loaded with antioxidants, copper, magnesium and vitamin C.

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