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Ugni molinae

Common Name:
Chilean guava
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Myrtaceae (The Myrtle Family)
Geographic Origin:
South America
California Native?:
Plant Size:
6 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
Chilean guava is one of the most beautiful shrubs of the myrtle family, growing round and dense to about 6 feet high. It has closely set oval, convex leaves, up to 1 inch long. These are deep green and glossy above, paler and fuzzy beneath. New growth is shinier still, and painted in bronze and purple. Small white flowers with a pink flush and dense brushes of stamens decorate the plants in summer. Then come wonderfully fragrant and quite delicious deep red fruits. Sun or light shade, most soils, moderate watering. Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less.