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Yellow Cherry Guava

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Yellow Cherry Guava

Type of Fruit Tree

Plant Info

Botanical Family Name (if known)
Psidium Littorale Var. Littorale
Other Common Names
Small Lemon Guava
  • Cutting
  • Grown from seed
1 to 3 metres high

Basic Growing Tips

Growing Tips
  • Grows in most soil conditions
  • Best grown in warmer conditions
  • Grows best in full sun
  • Frost Sensitive
Planting Instructions
The cherry guava is a very hardy shrub (once established) and it will usually thrive with moderate water and a little fertiliser once a year. Plants are often purchased in small pots and should be planted out as per most fruit trees by digging a hole at least twice the size of the root ball, and adding some fertiliser and/or compost before mulching around the base. Water the plant in and give it regular water over several weeks until it is established.

If growing from seed they should be soaked in water for at least 48 hours to soften the outer casing before sowing in punnets. Plant out when the seedling is strong enough and has developed a good root system.
The fruit develops after flowering and can take a few months before the small cherry to golf ball sized fruits are ripe to harvest.

It's best to let the guava fruit ripen on the plant and once it turns from green to yellow it should easily come away from the stem. Once the fruit ripens it will deteriorate pretty quickly so ensure the fruit is harvested in a timely manner otherwise it will fall to the ground and spoil.

Generally, the fruit doesn't all ripen at once, which is a good thing for a backyard fruit tree to prevent a glut of produce.


The Yellow Cherry Guava is a hardy, low maintenance, fruiting shrub/tree that produces small fruit for eating fresh or preserving and can also be used as a hedging plant due to its growth habit and size. 

Growth is usually at a modest rate (but this can vary depending on climate and soil conditions) so expect the shrub to be around waist high after 1 - 2 seasons.

The fruit is sweet and juicy with small edible seeds and is best eaten fresh straight off the plant when ripe.   


Editor review

1 review
Very versatile fruiting tree/shrub
Overall rating
Easy to Grow?
Disease & Pest Resistance
This Yellow Cherry Guava is one of my favourite fruiting plants because it produces tasty sweet fruit and is very easy to maintain.

We have ours growing out the front yard along the fence line to act as an ornamental edible, plus the fence gives the plant some support as they can be a little sprawly in the first few years until it develops a strong framework.

I have been quite surprised at just how drought tolerant this variety is once established and generally it requires very little care. 

It's pretty slow growing during the first few years and then growth picks up. Initially, we started with one plant to give it a go and then was so impressed got a further 4 more to plant alongside. 

In our area we unfortunately have a native pest called the QLD fruit fly, which attacks fruit, but because the fruit from our cherry guavas ripen in autumn after the main fruit fly season is over this shrub does not require exclusion netting and the fruit never gets stung. 

I do recommend this fruit tree/shrub for small or large gardens alike - you won't be sorry!     

Plant Knowledge Base

I grow/have grown this plant

Where is this plant growing?

In Ground/Raised Bed

What is your Climate?


Organically Grown?


Fertilisers, Organics, or Other Supplements Used

Compost and chicken manure enriched soil

Favourite way to prepare/eat

I like them straight off the plant when fully ripe. Also, if you get a big enough harvest they can be juiced.

Pros & Cons

Great tasting fruit
Fruit ripens in autumn when fruit fly is less active so the shrub doesn't require netting.
Good fruit production
Can be used as an edible hedge
Pretty slow growing - initially.

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