Cattley Guava Tree 3 gallon
days to maturity: 1 year
plant spacing: 1 plant per 30 square feet
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: mealy bugs, thrips, worms in the fruit
harvest notes: harvest ripe fruit immediately when they blush red
Commonly known as Cattley guava, strawberry guava or cherry guava, is a small tree (2–6 m tall) in the Myrtaceae (myrtle) family. We love Catley guavas because they make a very handsome medium to small sized tree that are always covered in the tasty small fruits. The whole fruit can be eaten as both the thin skin and juicy interior are soft and tasty. It can also be used to make jam. The skin is often removed for a sweeter flavor. The seeds are small and white in color and can be roasted as a substitute for coffee. Its leaves may be brewed for tea. The wood of the tree is hard, compact, durable, and resistant, and is used for lathe work, tool handles, charcoal, and firewood. Additionally, its seeds have many health benefits, including antioxidant, anti- inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties in addition to a high amount of Vitamin C. Once you know how to spot this tree in the wild you'll notice that its used ornamentally in home landscaping projects quite a lot because of its beautiful reddish bark and the sculptural nature of the small trees when properly pruned.