Guavas
(psidium guajava)

Yellow South African Guavas Strawberry Guavas

Guava Information: Growing Guavas in California

Pink Brazilian Guavas - known in Brazil as goiaba vermelha The guava is a very attractive plant that grows well in most of Southern California and produces large crops of tasty guava fruit.

There are dozens of varieties of guava grown in California, most of which are in the group referred to as "tropical guavas". The tropical guavas include the white Brazilian guava (goiaba branca do Brasil) and the pink Brazilian guava (goiaba vermelha). There also are the two varieties of cattley guavas, popularly known as the "lemon guava" and the "strawberry guava", and there is the feijoa which is a very different Brazilian guava variety that is popularly known here in the USA as the "pineapple guava". There are some rare and unusual guava varieties that can be grown in southern California as well like the Costa Rican or Cas Guava (psidium friedrichsthalianum) which produces very acidic fruits up to about 1.5 inches long that are used mainly in juices and jellies.

Guavas like full sun in Southern California, and once established there they usually are fairly drought tolerant. Most guava varieties can withstand several degrees below freezing with little effect.

Brazilian White Guava Flower - goiaba branca do Brasil

Most guavas grown in California are evergreen shrubs or small trees which commonly grow there to about 15 feet tall. As tropical guava trees grow, the papery bark peels off showing the trunk underneath. In California, most guavas are early flowering in spring with fruits typically ripening in September thru November, and some varieties like the "maroon guava" have a much later season with fruits ripening from December thru March. The maroon guava is aptly named as its fruit, leaves, flowers and its branches are all a reddish-purple color!

Guava flowers are usually quite showy. The flower petals of the pineapple guava are edible and have a sweet cinnamon-like flavor. Guava fruits range in size up to about 4 inches in the largest varieties. Depending on the varieity, most guava fruit are highly prized when picked & eaten fresh off the tree. Most guavas are high in pectin and are great for making jellies and jams. Guavas also freeze quite well, so they can be picked at maturity and frozen for later use. Tropical guavas are usually propagated by seed, although grafted varieties are also available. Seedlings of tropical guavas usually take only 3 to 4 years to begin producing fruit.

Guava Varieties

Pineapple Guava (Feijoa)

Feijoa: also known as Pineapple Guava Feijoa Flower: also known as Pineapple Guava

The pineapple guava originated in the somewhat cooler climate of southern Brazil where it is known as "feijoa".

The pineapple guava has a unique flavor that is very different than other guavas. Another feature of the pineapple guava that is unlike most other guavas is that the interior of the pineapple guava fruit is usually scooped out with a spoon and the skin is discarded. The fruits also last longer than most other guavas after being picked and remain in good condition for a few weeks if kept cool. The seeds of the pineapple guava also are very small compared to other guavas. The pineapple guava seeds are so small that they are not noticeable when the fruiy is eaten, which is certainly not the case for most guavas!

In California the pineapple guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree which commonly grows there to about 18 feet tall. Once established, the pineapple guava is fairly drought tolerant although regular watering is important during fruit developement for larger size fruit which can reach over 3 inches long. The pineapple guava can also withstand temperatures of about 15 degrees below freezing with little effect. Another interesting feature is the flower petals of the pineapple guava which are edible and have a sweet cinnamon-like flavor!

Brazilian Pink Guava: Goiaba Vermelha Goiaba Vermelha: Brazilian Pink Guava

The Brazilian pink guava is a sub-tropical guava with yellow skin and aromatic pink flesh.

In California the Brazilian pink guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree which commonly grows there to about 15 feet tall.

Once established, the Brazilian pink guava is somewhat drought tolerant although regular watering is important good fruit developement. The Brazilan pink guava can withstand temperatures of several degrees below freezing with little effect.

The Brazilian pink guava fruit generally are 2-3 inches in size. It has a mild sweet fruity flavor that is very agreeable. The fruits are perishable and they can bruise easily after being picked. The Brazilan pink guava is very popular as a backyard fruit tree for eating fresh picked guavas right off the tree and for making fresh guava juice! The fruits ripen in California September thru November.

Brazilian White Guava Flowers: Goiaba Branca Brazilian White Guava: Goiaba Branca

The Brazilian white guava is a sub-tropical guava with yellow skin and aromatic white flesh.

In California the Brazilian white guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree which commonly grows there to about 15 feet tall.

Once established, the Brazilian white guava is somewhat drought tolerant although regular watering is important good fruit developement. The Brazilan white guava can withstand temperatures of several degrees below freezing with little effect.

The Brazilian white guava fruit has a mild sweet flavor and they generally are 2-3 inches in size. The fruits ripen in California September thru November. The fruits are perishable and they can bruise easily after being picked. The Brazilan white guava is one of our most popular guava varieties for eating out of hand straight off the tree!

Lemon Guava

Lemon Guavas

The lemon guava is a cattley guava variety that originated in eastern Brazil. It has a distinctive lemon-like flavor that is sweet and tasty. The yellow skinned fruits of the lemon guava are generally about one inch or slightly larger in size.

In California the lemon guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree which commonly grows there to about 15 feet tall. It is a fairly slow-growing plant smooth glossy leaves. It is an attractive ornamental and is often used in hedges.

The lemon guava is fairly drought tolerant although regular watering is important during fruit developement.

The lemon guava can also withstand several degrees below freezing with little effect.

Strawberry Guava

Strawberry Guavas

The strawberry guava is also a cattley guava from eatern Brazil with a strong strawberry-like flavor that is sub-acid. The fruits are generally about one inch or slightly larger in size whith a reddish skin and white flesh.

In California the strawberry guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree which commonly grows there to about 18 feet tall.

The strawberry guava is fairly drought tolerant although regular watering is important during fruit developement. It is a fairly slow-growing plant smooth glossy leaves. It is an attractive ornamental plant and is frequently used in hedges.

The strawberry guava can also withstand about ten degrees below freezing with little effect.

South African Yellow Flesh Guava

The South African yellow guava is a sub-tropical guava with yellow skin and aromatic yellow flesh. In California, the South African yellow guava is an evergreen shrub or small tree which grows to about 16 feet tall.

Once established, the South African yellow guava is somewhat drought tolerant although regular watering is very important good fruit developement. The South African yellow guava can withstand temperatures of several degrees below freezing with little effect.

The South African yellow guava fruit has a strong pleasant fruity guava flavor that is very delicious, and they generally are 2-3 inches in size. The fruits ripen in California September thru November. The South African yellow guava is a very popular guava variety for eating right off the tree and for making delicious fresh guava juice!

Guavas are easy to grow in Southern California, requiring very little maintenance for the growth of healthy, productive plants. Fruit size and quality depends mostly on adequate water supply at the time of fruit development.

Guavas should be watered regularly, but especially during bloom and fruit development. Most guavas have fairly good drought tolerance.

Guavas require very little pruning, just enough to keep an attractive shape.

Many of the guava varieties make wonderful healthy juices that are high in vitamin C.

Purchasing Guavas Trees in California

We offer guava plants for sale in a variety of sizes ranging from 3 to 15 years old in more than a dozen different varieties.


medjool Date Palm, 18 Feet tall

Medjool Date Palms & Tree Ripened Medjool Dates

We have date palms available in all sizes, including male date palms for pollination and for landscaping, and female medjool date palm offshoots for date production.

We also have zahidi date palm offshoots available.

Our fresh picked medjool date program has been a huge success!

At certain times of year, we can ship orders for organically grown freshly picked medjool dates, as well as other date varieties and also organically grown mesquite seed pods. We also occasionally have a variety of other rare and exotic fruits that were grown organically and allowed to fully ripen on the tree.

Our fresh medjool dates are available in September-October each year.


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Last Updated: October 19, 2017
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