English names: Cattley guava, Strawberry guava, Cherry guava
Latin name: Psidium cattleianum
Family: Myrtle - Myrtaceae
Origin: South America
The strawberry guava tree reaches a height of 2 to 6 metres. The leaves are shiny, elliptic, and dark green. Its reddish-coloured fruits are edible, with an aroma reminiscent somewhat of strawberries, hence the name “Strawberry plant”. The seeds are sometimes roasted and serve as a coffee substitute. The fruits may be brewed as a tea. The guava tree has spread so strongly that it has the status of an invasive plant in Hawaii. It creates a dense shrubbery, preventing the growth of other plants – so it is difficult to eradicate.