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Psidium cattleianum - Sabine.

Common Name Strawberry Guava
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 9-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range Southern S. America - Uruguay, southern and eastern Brazil.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Psidium cattleianum Strawberry Guava


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Psidium cattleianum Strawberry Guava
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Psidium cattleianum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 6 m (19ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower in May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

P. cattleianum. Salisb.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[1, 3, 61]. The fruit can be used in jellies, jams, custards, drinks etc[183]. Sweet and aromatic. The flavour is more pronounced than that of the yellow strawberry guava but lacks the muskiness of the common guava[183]. The fruit has an agreeable acid-sweet flavour and is good when eaten raw[2, 46], though it can also be used in preserves[177]. The fruit is about 4cm in diameter[200].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Hedge;  Hedge.

Grown as a hedge in warm temperate climates[200].

Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained sandy loam with leafmold[1]. Requires cool greenhouse treatment in Britain[1]. Tolerates short-lived light frosts[200] and cool summers[3] so it might succeed outdoors in the mildest areas of the country. Dislikes much humidity. Sometimes cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties[183].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick out the seedlings into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying the plants outdoors, plant them out in the summer and give them some protection from winter cold for at least their first two winters. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Strawberry Guava, Thai Guava, Cattley Guava, Cherry Guava, Chinese Guava, Purple Guava, Kuahpa, Bella seebai, Cattley guava, Konda jamipandu, Malam perakka, Mpera-ngombe, Mpera, Pahadi pijuli, Pahari payara, Porpay, Purple guava, Purple strawberry guava, Quwawa ni vavalagi, Red Strawberry guava, Seemai koyya,

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Africa, Asia, Australia, Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil*, Cameroon, Central Africa, Central America, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, East Africa, Fiji, Ghana, Hawaii, India, Jamaica, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Norfolk Island, North America, Pacific, Papua New Guinea, PNG, Philippines, Reunion, SE Asia, South Africa, Southern Africa, South America, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tasmania, Uruguay, USA, Vanuatu, West Africa, West Indies, Zambia, Zimbabwe,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Psidium cattleianum littoraleYellow Strawberry Guava30
Psidium guajavaGuava, Tropical Guava, Goiaba, Araçá-goiaba52

 

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Sabine.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

   Sep 14 2011 12:00AM

In temperate climates the fruits are smaller and tarter than those of Psidium cattleianum littorale.

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