Psidium Littorale (Cattley Guava)

Strawberry Guava

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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

Additional information

Common Name

Strawberry Guava



Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Moderate Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Moderate Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Flower Color


Plant Type

Fruit Tree, Evergreen, Evergreen Fruit Tree


25 gal., 25 gal. bush, 50 gal., 50 gal. bush, 65 gal., 65 gal. bush, 100 gal., 100 gal . bush, 200 gal., 200 gal. bush, 300 gal., 300 gal. bush


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