Psidium guajava
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Psidium guajava

sand plum

  family myrtaceae 
  genus psidium 

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Genus  Psidium Species  guajava Variety  Cultivar  Common names  guava   sand plum Family  MYRTACEAE Specimen number  S8679 Data source  DyePl p48;GrUnFr p150
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  6' - 30' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Psidium guajava have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Black is the most typical color produced by Guava (also known as sand plum). Guava is used in Malaysia for dyeing.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is round, oblong or pyriform, varying from 1 to 4 inches in size, and has smooth waxy skin or ridged waxy skin. It has a slightly sweet flavor with some acidity and muskiness. Its most notable nutritional component is vitamin C. As a food source, Psidium guajava is often used as juice, in sweets and in jelly. Guava (sometimes called sand plum) is most often used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Leaves Dye color  black
Propagule  Seed   Layering Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Very tender Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Juice   Sweets   Jelly Nutritional value  Vitamin C Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts round, oblong or pyriform, varying from 1 to 4 inches in size, and has smooth waxy skin or ridged waxy skin Flavor / texture  has a slightly sweet flavor with some acidity and muskiness
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Psidium guajava to produce fruit. It is very tender and will die on the first cold night. Guava (in some places called sand plum) is often propagated by seed or by layering. This plant is considered to have originated from Columbia and Peru.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Psidium guajava is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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