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Psidium Littorale (Cattley Guava) is a lesser-known relative of the commercially-grown guava, psidium guajava; it is a small tree or shrub. Normally it reaches 10 – 15 feet tall, although it may reach up to 25 feet; with an upright, round to vase-shape, and a moderately dense crown. Also, the attractive bark is smooth, gray-brown to golden, peeling off in thin sheets.
Furthermore, leaves are dark green, opposite/subopposite, simple, entire, obovate to oval, leathery and 2 – 4 inches long. While, flowers are fragrant, white with prominent stamens, borne singly or in 3’s in the leaf axis, 5/8 – 2 1/3 inches wide and resemble a small powderpuff. Additionally, fruits are oval to rounded, 1 – 1 1/2 inches long (smaller than regular guava) fleshy, red when ripe, with numerous small white seeds. The fruit can be eaten fresh or made into preserves; it also attracts birds. And leaves are good for tea; while seeds and air layering are used for propagation.
Besides Psidium Littorale (Cattley Guava) is a dual purpose ornamental and fruit tree and tolerates pruning. With an attractive bark, leaves, flowers and fruits, it is an ideal backyard, courtyard and specimen small shade tree or in a large bright conservatory. Although it can also be grown as a bonsai. Fruit litter may be a problem if the tree is near a walkway. Cattley guava is an invasive species in florida and other areas where it has been introduced.
Other common names: Strawberry Guava