Strawberry guava

Botanical name:  Psidium cattleyanum

Crown and root system:  This is an evergreen shrub with a dense crown that can be used as a hedge.

Growing regions:  Areas that are free of frost.

Ripening date:  Yields sweet pink or yellow fruit in the fall, depending on the variety, with a juicy texture and tropical fragrance.

Planting in a container:  May be grown in a container.

Recommended planting season:  All year round, except for cold months.

 Varieties sold at the nursery:
Pink or yellow guava
:  These two varieties ripen at the same time.  The pink variety is somewhat sweeter than the yellow variety.

 Good to know:
The strawberry guava originated in Southeast Asia.  In 1865 it was brought to Hawaii.  It spread throughout Hawaii very quickly and aggressively, and today the authorities regularly use helicopters to spray pesticides to keep the guava from taking over vegetation areas.

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