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Guava - Lemon Cattley (Psidium cattleyanum) 3G

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Guava: Cattley/Lemon Guava Tree (Psidium cattleyanum) - Live Plant

Ships in a 3 gallon pot

Cattley Guava is one of the most outstanding edible hedges for Southern Florida as it is cold hardy to about 22º F. The lemon cattley guava tends to be a compact, bushy shrub. It makes a very nice container plant, as they will bear heavily in a pot. The aromatic fruits are larger than the petite strawberry guava at 1.5"-2" long have a delicious sub-acid blend of lemon, and guava flavor. The lemon guava has thin skin and a jelly-like inner flesh that is perforated with small, edible, seeds.

A shrub or small tree, the cattley guava generally ranges from 6.5 to 14 ft tall but the yellow-fruited may attain 40 ft. Both have slender, smooth, brown-barked stems and branches, and alternate, evergreen, obovate, dark, smooth, glossy, somewhat leathery leaves 1 1/3 to 4 3/4 in long and 5/8 to 2 1/3 in wide. The fragrant flowers, 5/8 to 2 1/3 inside are white with prominent stamens about 3/4 in long, and are borne singly or in 3's in the leaf axils. The fruit is round or obovoid, 1 to 1 1/2 in long, tipped with the protruding 4- to 5-parted calyx; thin-yellow-skinned fruits have faintly yellowish flesh. In both types, the flesh is aromatic, about 1/8 in (3 mm) thick, surrounding the central juicy, somewhat translucent pulp filled with hard, flattened-triangular seeds 3/32 in. long.

The cattley guava grows well in limestone and poor soils that would barely support other fruit trees. It is shallow-rooted but the red type is fairly drought tolerant. Best suited for sub-tropical zone 9 climate, where pests have yet to be reported as an issue. Fruit flies often attack the fruit in growing zones 10+, so protection may be needed. The cattley guava can tolerate a high water table, but may be killed by flooding.

Cattley guavas are eaten out-of-hand without preparation except the removal of the calyx. Lemon guava can be eaten raw or cooked They are a perfect addition to smoothies, tropical fruit salads or pureed in marinades, dressings or sauces. In Hawaii, either half-ripe or full-ripe cattleys are cut in half, boiled, and the juice strained to make punch. Fruit should be stored at room temperature for up to 4 days or refrigerated up to 1 week.

  • Average mature height: up to 40ft
  • Light: Full Sun
  • Soil: well drained
  • Hardiness zones: 9-11

Origin: Eastern Coastlines of Brazil

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Shipping Stress - Transport can cause stress to plants, especially if spending a few days in a dark stuffy box. Leaf drop may occur.  Most plants survive with no problems or with minimal stress and recover quickly others may require extra love and attention with watering and gentle light after unboxing.

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