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Chilean Guava

Original price $22.99 - Original price $24.99
Original price
$22.99 - $24.99
Current price $22.99

Myrtus ugni molinae

The attractive and hard-to-find Chilean Guava, aka Strawberry Myrtle, bears red, 1 cm (or just under 1/2 inch) oval fruit with an absolutely delicious sweet/tart flavor and aroma,  reminiscent of tropical strawberries. This rare beauty has much to recommend it - small, shiny evergreen leaves of deep green hue, darling little dangling white bell-shaped blossoms in late spring, and the tasty red fruits that garland the bush in fall. Leaves can be a tea substitute. Native to Chile and Argentina, where it is known as Ugni by the indigenous Mapuche peoples, and became a favorite of Queen Victoria when introduced into Great Britain in 1844. Also grown in a limited way in New Zealand, where it is commonly known as New Zealand cranberry.

Strawberry Myrtle loves warm climates and is reliably drought-tolerant once established. Trim the bush to a size you like (since it tends to be rather rangy) and consider planting several to make an unusual hedge. Usually begins fruiting in year 2-3 with an average of 2 pounds of fruit, and another 2 pounds per year of growth ongoing. Plant in well-drained, compost-rich soil in a sunny location or grow as a potted house or greenhouse plant. 

Cold Hardy to USDA Zone: 8

Mature Height: 6'-9' 

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: August

Pollination: Self Fertile

Read our Subtropicals Growing Guide

Size: 2 Quart Pot


Ask a Question
  • What are the pros and cons of Chilean Guava vs Strawberry Chilean Guava? One Green World says the Strawberry cultivar is hardier by half a zone. Also how badly do they require water in th PNW's summers?

    Growning these in the PNW is a matter of sunlight. They are hardy outdoors and are not that water hungry, but NEED full sun or they will suffer. They do not do well indoors.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Tracie F.
Good start!

Plant looks healthy and in good shape! I can’t wait to watch it grow!

Vicki R.

Very well packed and nice plant but not labled and leaves look small for a guava

carmalee n.
Waiting to see if they Make it

Plants arrived well packaged and soil was moist. The leaves on both plants are dried and crunchy. Repotted 1 and other one placed in ground