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Psidium guajava

Guava

Psidium guajava L.  

SID-ee-um gwuy-YOV-a

Myrtaceae

 

Explanation of name: From psidion, Greek,  pomegranate. Guajava is the Spanish name for the fruit.

Natural range: Central and South America. Comes up in hammocks and disturbed sites. Escaped from cultivation (WUN)

Recognition: Leaves opposite, ovate, simple, pinnately veined, the coarse blades rough and with corrugated veins, hairy beneath. Light bark flaking off in large sheets. White 1 flowers with many conspicuous stamens. Yellow fruits about 4 in diameter (WAT).

Landscape uses: Not recommended due to status as FEPPC Category I invasive species.  Used as a jelly fruit or tropical preserves.

 

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Psidium

guajava

 

Guava

Exotic

Invasive

FEPPC I

Shrub

Small Tree

Most of year

(WU)

To 25

20' to 30' (DAV)

SU-PS

DT

Tolerates wet conditions

 

Messy fruits

FEPPC I

 

 

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