strawberry guava USDA PLANTS Symbol: PSCA
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Shrub or Subshrub Hardwood Trees
Psidium cattleianum Sabine

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Myrtales: Myrtaceae
Synonym(s): cattley guava, cherry guava, Chinese guava, kuahpa, purple guava, purple strawberry guava
Native Range: Brazil ()

Psidium cattleianum is an evergreen tree/shrub. Trees can grow from 30-40 ft. (9.1-12.2 m) tall and have reddish, flaky bark.
Leaves are opposite, oblong, glossy, entire and up to 3 in. (7.6 cm) long.
Flowering occurs year-round. Flowers are white, 1 in. (2.5 cm) wide, with 4-5 petals and many stamens. Flowers can occur singly, or in groups of three, in the axils of the leaves.
Fruits are dark red, edible and golf ball-sized.
Ecological Threat
Psidium cattleianum tends to form dense, monotypic stands which prevent regrowth of native species, and is very difficult to eradicate. As an invasive species, it is sometimes erroneously called Chinese guava.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Foliage; Habit
Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental,
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Amy Ferriter, State of Idaho,
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Amy Ferriter, State of Idaho,
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Plant(s); fruiting
Tony Pernas, USDI National Park Service,
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Amy Ferriter, State of Idaho,
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit

State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)

Invasive Listing Sources:
Archbold Biological Station
Faith Campbell, 1998
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.
University of Hawaii, Botany Department, Hawaiian Alien Plant Studies, 1998