Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Yellow guava is a small tree, growing to c. 3m, with smooth bark. The leaves are large (up to 14 x 7 cm) and have strong venation. Young leaves are densely hairy. The fruit are up top 4 cm diameter and yellow-skinned containing many hard seeds.
P. guajava can be distinguished from P. cattleianum by the hairy leaves (especially when young) and by the strongly impressed veins above and raised below.
July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March
Perennial. Reproduces by seed and suckering; each fruit containing numerous seeds. Bird dispersed (Lisa Forester 1996). Rats also eat the fruit but will destroy many of the seeds.
This taxon may be prone to Myrtle Rust (Austropuccinia psidii) is an invasive fungus which threatens myrtle species - learn more myrtlerust.org.nz
Reason for introduction
Intolerance of frost and deep shade (Cameron 1996)