Guava – A Fabulous Fruit Tree For A Small Mediterranean Garden

Oct 13 07:23 2008 Jonathan Ya'akobi Print This Article

Guava, being highly ornamental and easy to grow, can be an excellent choice for a fruit tree in a small, Mediterranean garden.

Guava,Guest Posting in some ways, has to be one of the best fruit trees for a small, private garden. In tropical and sub- tropical climates, it can become quite large and is liable to become a pest. But in Mediterranean and similar hot, dry climates, it is not able to grow outside of cultivation, and only reaches a height of some 4-5 meters. (12ft)

Common or Tropical Guava, Psidium guajava, has many properties that endear it to the home gardener. It has a handsome, sculptural form, which takes to light shaping and pruning; beautiful, reddish, peeling bark; attractive blooms, and of course its tasty and decorative, lemon colored-fruit. Unlike many fruit trees, Guava is hardy to pests and disease, and although requiring water through the hot ,dry summer, can withstand drought if needs be. It is best grown in frost-free areas, and in rich, well-composted soil.

The pear-shaped fruit, have a musky, slightly acidic taste. Eating through the tart skin, you come to the sweet, juicy flesh – a slightly strange sensation. Guava fruit are not to everyone’s taste however. It is this, together with their rather pungent fragrance, that cause people not to include it in their garden, which is a pity considering the overall benefits of the tree. The smell is also a matter of taste. Some people, myself included, love it!

An excellent alternative to common Guava, is Strawberry Guava, Psidium cattleianum. In Mediterranean climates it grows to about 3 meters, (9ft) but can be easily kept smaller. It combines beautifully with other dwarf fruit trees, especially Kumquats, as both the foliage and fruit are similar in size and shape. It follows that Strawberry Guava is a fine choice for a container plant.

The fruit are small, a deep dark red in color, are sweet, and virtually odorless. The bark in mature specimens is even more decorative than the bark of the common Guava, having a reddish, golden brown tint. It is also hardier to cold and can be grown zones that experience light, occasional frosts.

Growing fruit trees in private gardens, often involves battling with a host of pests and diseases, a factor that unfortunately disqualifies the majority of species. As Guavas, at least in dry climates, tend to be virtually pest free, you might well consider including a specimen or two in the garden. You could do a lot worse!

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Jonathan Ya'akobi
Jonathan Ya'akobi

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