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strawberry guava
Psidium cattleianum Sabine


Psidium cattleianum is an evergreen tree/shrub. Trees can grow from 30-40 ft. (9.1-12.2 m) tall and have reddish, flaky bark.
Leaves are opposite, oblong, glossy, entire and up to 3 in. (7.6 cm) long.
Flowering occurs year-round. Flowers are white, 1 in. (2.5 cm) wide, with 4-5 petals and many stamens. Flowers can occur singly, or in groups of three, in the axils of the leaves.
Fruits are dark red, edible and golf ball-sized.
Ecological Threat
Psidium cattleianum tends to form dense, monotypic stands which prevent regrowth of native species, and is very difficult to eradicate. As an invasive species, it is sometimes erroneously called Chinese guava.


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EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Invasive List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their invasive species list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

State Invasives List

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Psidium

Other System Links

Plants: PSCA
GRIN: 30200
ITIS: 27239

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
cattley guava, cherry guava, Chinese guava, kuahpa, purple guava, purple strawberry guava


Category: Shrub or Subshrub
Category: Hardwood Trees