Guava - Strawberry

Psidium cattleianum

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This guava, native to Brazil, is a hardy shrub or small tree. It has a smooth trunk and dark green, shiny, egg-shaped aromatic leaves. Strawberry guava flowers are white with numerous stamens and red fruits which are about the size of a golf ball. The flesh is sweet and strawberry flavoured. Frost hardy.
Other Names: Red Cherry Guava

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Specifications of Guava - Strawberry

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes with 35L+ Pot

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Moderately Acidic (5.5-6.5)

Fruiting/Harvest Months March, April, May

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Guava - Strawberry Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 11months ago


Grows well with little attention, sweet tart taste, eat straight off the tree. Antioxidant level is high. Only watered in worst heat of summer

Michael Eddie
2y ago

Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

A notifiable environmental weed. General Biosecurity Duty. All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose.

★★★ 3y ago


Some selections seem to be way too fruitful and set so much fruit that they will literally kill themselves. So fiddly to thin them. The Yellow variety seems to be mroe prone to this? I prefer the red one in our cooler climate, but prefered the yellow i...

Chris Burchett
3y ago

Ballarat, Vic, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

I have 2 bushes of Guava strawberry one gets mid to late arvo shade from near apple tree and is the larger and best fruit producer. The other in full sun. I do not protect from frost.

Aaron Siemienow1
★★★★ 3y ago

GEROGERY, NSW, Australia

small cutting planted. looking foward to the fruit.

Matthew Wisniewski
4y ago

Frankston , VIC, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

This is probably the best Guava to grow in Melbourne. They do very well and can handle the frost. They also give stacks of fruit in late Autumn

4y ago

Naremburn, NSW, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

Planted 8 trees along a fence line for a fruiting hedge. They receive no more than 50% sun, and after 3 years most are producing bunches of fruit with so little sun. Have made home made ice cream with them. Delicious.

★★★★ 4y ago

TAMWORTH, NSW, Australia

Luv guavas grew up with them in our backyard.

Dimity Cottage1
★★★ 5y ago


I enjoy the flavour and hope to use to make a drink when tree is bearing enough fruit.

★★ 6y ago


This fruit brings fond childhood memories

★★★ 7y ago


Strawberry Guava aka Cherry Guava aka Cattley Guava (Psidium cattleyanum)A good "grazing" shrub when fruit are ripening. Quite ornamental, suited as a screen. Planted one of the red and one of the yellow fruited Strawberry Guavas. The yellow (photo) s...

★★★ 8y ago


nice looking interesting tree

★★★ 8y ago


easy to grow,good taste of fruit

★★ 8y ago

HILLARYS, WA, Australia

Fruits readily but they are quite small.  Flavour is good in colder seasons but rather bland in hot weather.  Trees are easy to grow and carefree.  I still prefer the normal guavas.

★★★★ 9y ago

Burnside, VIC, Australia

We have a small strip of dirt on the side of our driveway. Instead of growing flowers or oriental plants, I decided that we would put something edible in it. I planted a row of 4 Guava plants last year. I didn't really give the plants much attention. J...

★★★★ 9y ago

newcastle, nsw

tasty little berry that produce little bounties perfect for kids. easy to grow and have had mucg sucess in the past

★★★★★ 10y ago

Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

Great tasting fruit and tree. Growing in a pot and has a great shape, leaf and bark. 

★★★★★ 10y ago

Willow Vale, QLD, Australia

No maintenance, only had for 6 mnths & covered in fruit

★★★ 10y ago


Have been told these are delicious, and also that i will have to keep the fruit fly away too. It is growing really well in the pot so far, had a couple of flowers but just too early for fruit, i guess.doing well potted it up to tree bagflowering Spring...

★★★★ 10y ago


I like that I have heard this is easy to grow. When I first bought them they had hardly any leaves but they have taken off after winter. I am trying to grow these into a hedge

★★★★★ 10y ago

Cringila, NSW, Australia

Going very well, no maintenance, no problems with fruit fly as had been reported by some locals. Growing brilliantly now, fruited moderate amount of small but nice fruit, over a fairly short period, within first year in ground. Is in position to be e...

★★★★ 11y ago

, SA

Nice looking, hardy shrub, used as a "filler" in our yard. he poor thing has been dug up and moved twice and has always bounced back very quickly.Tough plant. Fruits prolifically over a long time. I like the fruit, husband and 2yr old not so keen..

★★★★ 11y ago

bateau bay, nsw, australia

purchased at whyee nursery- during this visit i noticed gall wasp on some of their citrus trees. i will not be purchasing citrus there in the growth

★★★★ 11y ago

Greenbank, Qld, Australia

fruiting hedge! I have this planted in a mixed hedge with fejioa it is pruned to ensure a bushy growth. I needed some privacy along one side of my block and daleys had a special on so.....

★★★★ 11y ago

ungarra, s.a, Australia

growing really well has small friut on it now (oct)

★★★★ 11y ago

bundaberg, qld, australia

When I was a kid we used to visit my great Aunt in AUckland and can remember sneaking to the front yard to pinch her guavas,eating them straight off the tree. She used to make incredible guava jelly . A clear dusky pink color and so sweet it made your ...

★★★★★ 11y ago


I had never tried it before but it looked interesting. The tree grew quickly to a shrub and had the berries within a couple of years. I haven't had enough yet to do anything else but nibble them straight off the tree but that is what I like to do with ...

★★★ 11y ago

GLENORIE, NSW, Australia

Minimum of care and prolific plant

12y ago

West Leederville, WA, Australia

Four little plants from Bunnings, planted quite close together (just over 1m apart as I'm hoping to create a dense hedge) in 2010. I've loaded them with compost and some blood & bone. Hopefully the soil improvements will be enough - but the soil is ver...

★★ 12y ago

Wakeley, NSW, Australia

Lots of fruits this year but they are all small and hard.

★★★★★ 12y ago


Like the Yellow Cherry Guava, a very attractive shrub that fruits prolifically in summer. hen they are really ripe, these are my favourites of all the guavas I am growing.

★★★★ 12y ago

Rathmines, NSW, Australia

In pot about to be put in ground.  Since putting in ground in Nov 09 has flourished, starting to flower but hit and miss with pollination. Lots of new growth and flower buds February 10.Been in ground for 10 months, very happy, abundance  of new gro...

★★★★ 12y ago

South Maroota, NSW, Australia

Planted out of childhood nostalgia. Doing very well with no additional care other than water in hot weather first year in.

★★★ 12y ago

Narrabundah, ACT, Australia

Still quite small. Haven't had any fruit yet.

★★★★ 12y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Great bush, and really takes well to Warners Bay on Lake Macquarie near Newcastle. Kids love the fruit, and it fruits very well

★★★★★ 12y ago

Maryland, NSW, Australia

Planted in pots in full sun. Nice little shrub, fairly drought hardy but needs daily watering when hot because the pots are relatively small.

★★★★★ 12y ago


We have about 6 reds and 9 yellows. They are thriving, easy to grow and bear prolifically.I think the yellows are sweeter n milder but the reds are a taste sensation.The yellows planted this year, the reds over last 2 yrs. I haven't pruned as yet.

★★★★ 12y ago

Bellbird Park, QLD, Australia

Have just planted 2 of these. Now they have been in 6months. they are looking healthy and have put on new growth tho they have not grown in height. Now they have been in 10 months I have pulled one out as it was no longer doing well and replaced it wit...

Helene Brown
13y ago

Cohuna, VICT, Australia, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

Use the fresh leaves to make a tea drink cures internal complaints/upsets basis of most medicines.

Jim Mark
13y ago

Kurmond, NSW, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

There is a very mature tree with great fruit on the side of the road at Kurmond in Sydney. In fact, not far from an Integrefolia Macadamia which is about 5 metres high. Magnificent fruit. Ripe roughly in April May.

Steve Walkden-brown
14y ago

Armidale, NSW, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

This variety is really cold tolerant, doing well and remaining evergreen in a sheltered spot in Armidale. Lovely fruit in May-June. It is not as drought tolerant as sometimes suggested. Has thrived since I moved it from a dry spot in the garden.

David White
15y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

Great little tree/shrub. Tolerates a wide variety of soils and climes. However, beware especially of fruit fly which is a fatal nuisance. Potash in late Winter increases flowering and fruiting. Makes a great jam/wine. Prune late Autumn.

16y ago

Bankstown Sydney, NSW, Australia

Guava - Strawberry

Taste test for free before you buy : Windsor , Sydney has many trees on their main street shopping mall. Ripe probably after february and probably around april or may .

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