Cattley Guava (Psidium cattleianum) is a very reliable summer fruit for subtropical areas. It is native to Brazil and will thrive wherever citrus is grown.
The red fruits have a stronger flavor and are slightly smaller in size than the yellow fruits. The interior flesh of the fruit is white or cream-colored in both varieties. Both types lack the muskiness of the tropical Guava. The red-fruited type is considered to be the more cold-hardy of the two. Both are more cold-hardy than the Tropical Guava.
This year, because of the severe drought, the fruits are much smaller than normal, and not as juicy.
The leaves are an attractive, dark, glossy green. They are often used as an ornamental hedge and will still produce fruit. Older trees have a smooth, flaking bark. Mature trees will tolerate temperatures in the low to mid twenties F.