Guava ‘Ruby Supreme’ / Psidium guajava
Habitat and Distribution
Found in the tropical americas
The guava tree can be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9-11 and makes for a fabulous indoor container plant in cooler areas. Planted into the ground the tree can reach heights of 25 feet. The bark is reddish brown peeling and peels off revealing grayish bark beneath. The fragrant white flowers become round to pear-shaped fruit that can grow between 2-4 inches long. When ripe, the rind softens and is edible. The inner flesh is ruby in color and has a soft, pulpy texture. The fruit has a sweet flavor and a pleasant aroma. In warmer climates, the fruit will ripen year-round. A mature Guava tree can produce 40 - 70 lbs of fruit per year. Even a patio tree kept at 4-6 ft can give you plenty to enjoy and share.
Cultivation & Culture
Guava is not fussy on soil quality and once established can withstand drought well (although it has higher fruit yields when watered regularly). The tree grows rapidly and is self-pollinating., but like most self-pollinating fruit trees, you will get even more fruit production with a second one - in order to cross-pollinate. It enjoys full sunlight and thrives when fed organic fertilizer.
Guava is one of the most common tropical fruit trees grown in a container.