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Cherry Guava

Psidium littorale

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Production from seed takes 2-3 years and yield will then steadily increase over a number of years. Fruit maturity is staggered over several weeks. While there may be more than one crop per year the main one is in late Summer. They are regular and reliable bearers; for a small plant the yield is impressive. Fruit should be picked daily or every 2-3 days - they do not keep well.

Cherry Guava Overview

The cherry guava is a bushy tree with slender, smooth, brown-barked stems and branches. It has alternate, evergreen, obovate, dark, smooth, glossy, somewhat leathery leaves. The small red or yellow edible fruits have a sweet, tangy and very enjoyable taste. Eat it with skin and all. The fruit is used in the culinary applications, while the leaves are used in medicinal applications. The tree itself makes a higly ornamental hedge or pot plant.

Common problems with Cherry Guava

How to propagate Cherry Guava


Sowing during Spring and Summer; Sow seed double the seed size deep in a sandy soil mix; Germination time about 1-3 months.


Rooting of soft tip cuttings or root cuttings.

Special features of Cherry Guava

Crop rotation

Medium Feeder

Hedge plant

A rapidly growing hedge plant and wind protector for other plants.

Pot plant

Excellent for container gardening.

Drought resistant

It tolerates dryness in both the soil and air.

Attracts birds

Birds love to feast on these fruit.

Attracts useful insects

Flowers attract bees.

Attractive leaves

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Cherry Guava


Traditionally "tea" of guava tree leaves, is used medicinally.


The whole fruit can be eaten fresh or used in jellies, jams, juices, teas and other drinks.


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