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Common Guava

Psidium guajava

Also known as

Yellow Guava, Lemon Guava, Koejawel (Afr.)

Starr 070519-7147 Psidium guajava by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

There is a distinctive change in the colour and aroma of a guava when it ripens. For the best flavour, allow the fruit to ripen on the tree, however the fruit can also be picked green-mature to ripen of the tree at room temperature. Place the fruit in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple if you'd like to hasten ripening.

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Psidium guajava is also known as Common Guava, it is a beautiful evergreen shrub or tree, cultivated for its delicious pear to sphere-shaped fruits. Originating from the Caribbean, Central and South America, these are now widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical climates across the world. In South Africa, they are classified as invasive and tend to be a problem in areas such as KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. They produce attractive white, scented, 5-petalled flowers with lots of delicate white-yellow stamens.

Common problems



Source fresh seeds, obtained from a quality source. Prepare a pot and fill it with a seed starting soil mix that contains ample organic matter. Press the seed gently into the soil mix and make sure that you cover the seed with a bit of soil mix. Place the container in a warm place and keep an eye on the pot and water when needed. The seed should germinate in about 2 - 8 weeks.

Special Features

Pot plant

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers



Fruits are eaten fresh or porcessed into jams, jellies and preserves.