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Psidium cattleanum, Psidium littorale, Psidium chinense, Cattley Guava, Sand Plum, Strawberry Guava

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Psidium cattleanum, Psidium littorale, Psidium chinense
Family: Myrtaceae
Cattley Guava, Sand Plum, Strawberry Guava
Origin: Brazil
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerantSeaside, salt tolerant plant

The Cattley Guava is a very attractive, cold hardy and undemanding small tree growing if unpruned to about 20 ft high, with glossy deep green evergreen leaves. New growth is reddish, which adds to the attractiveness of the tree and it has a handsome reddish-brown bark which peels.

1-2" fruits are produced from late spring to autumn from 1" white flowers, they are round, with a shiny reddish or yellow color. The pulp has many hard seeds and the flesh has a pleasant sweet to sub-acid flavor. Fruits can be eaten fresh or used in jellies, jams, juices and drinks.

There are two major varieties: Red and Yellow. Red-skinned fruits have white flesh more or less reddish near the skin. The yellow variety, sometimes called the Giant Puerto Rican Cattleya, has somewhat larger leaves and is a little more cold sensitive. The yellow-skinned fruits have faintly yellowish flesh; they are slightly larger and sweeter than those of the red variety.

Cattleya guavas make excellent landscape small trees, but also are easily grown and fruited in large containers. Growth rates are usually about two to four feet a year under good conditions. Trees should be fertilized in the landscape two to three times a year with a balanced fertilizer. Young trees may require some pruning to keep them desirably shaped. However, older trees require little attention. Cattley Guava is shallow-rooted but in spite of that, it is drought tolerant. It is also able to endure flooding for short periods. Guavas can take heavy pruning, however, and can be used as informal hedges or screens. Since the fruit is borne on new growth, pruning does not interfere with next years crop.

There is a number of properties of Cattley Guava that make it very special for any tropical garden.

- It is much hardier than the Tropical Guava and can survive temperatures of low 20's F without any damage.

- It responds well to pruning, and since the fruit form on new growth, pruning won't effect the production.

- It is one of the best choices for a rapidly growing hedge plant and wind protector for other tropical plants.

- It is one of the very few tropical plants that can easily tolerate alkaline soils in fact, it seems as though it enjoys them! It can grow even in limestone. It can grow in very poor soils that would barely support other fruit trees.

- It requires very little watering once established, and can tolerate long periods of drought (young plants should be watered regularly until established).

- It produces masses of delicious fruit year to year under minimum or no care and doesn't look like has any pest problems.

- Trees have good salt tolerance and can be used close to coastal areas without any problem.


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Denise Boudreaux
Houma, LA USA
USDA Zone:9
22 Apr 2009
Bought a house in August 2008 and it's full of trees, plants, etc. Now that spring is here we're amazed at all the wonderful plants/trees we have. Most recent discovery was a little shrub like tree we were going to cut down, but waited to spring to see what it was, it's a Strawberry Guava. Some of our wonderful finds, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, satsuma, 3 sweet olive trees, 5 angel's trumpet, japanese persimmon, guava, 2 grape vines, japanese magnolias, banana shrub (something we were looking to get before the discovery) and numberous other wonderful things in addition to numerous herbs growing like crazy (various mints everywhere). Can't wait to see how this Strawberry Guava works out
Ricky J.
Racine, WI, USA
USDA Zone:5
21 Jan 2009
Update: During the early to mid-fall (October-November 2009) my strawberry guava flowered. Right now, as I am typing the fruit, about five of them are ripening. I have already eaten three of them; they are delicious!!!
Ricky J.
Racine, WI, USA
USDA Zone:5
29 Sep 2008
I am so excited!!! This spring my cattley guava flowered outside, and amazingly, the tree has about ten small guavas forming!
Ricky J.
Racine, WI, USA
USDA Zone:5
26 Apr 2007
I ordered a cattley guava plant from Florida three years ago. When I received it in the spring the plant was about two feet tall and as wide, bushy and the leaves glossy. Since then the plant has been in several areas of my house. First it was in my dining room with artificial light (75 watts) and no extra humidity. It did fine, but was slow growing. Last fall I bought $2.00 painters plastic and made a make-shift greenhouse. Since then the red cattley guava has grown to over four feet wide and three feet tall (I always trim it to keep it bushy). It has flowered once, but they fell off. The plant must be at a certain age to fruit in containers. I recommend this plant for anyone who likes a practically care-free plant that will EVENTUALLY fruit!


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