strawberry guava USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: PSCA
Psidium cattleianum Sabine
Synonym(s): cattley guava, cherry guava, Chinese guava, kuahpa, purple guava, purple strawberry guava

Strawberry guava is an evergreen tree/shrub native to Brazil. Trees can grow from 30-40 ft. (9-12 m) tall and have reddish, flaky bark. Leaves are opposite, oblong, glossy, entire and up to 3 in. (7.5 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. Strawberry guava was introduced into Florida in the 1880s as an ornamental and for fruit production. Plants act as a host for the Caribbean fruit fly, a pest of citrus crops.

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