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.
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.
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.
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.
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.