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Commonly known as Chilean cranberry, Chilean guava
Resist the temptation and wait until these berries are dark red in mid- to late autumn for a unique taste treat.
Genus of 4 species of evergreen shrubs or trees found in forest and scrub in South America.
The species usually found is the Chilean guava, valued for its piquant, dark red berries, used commercially as strawberry flavouring.
The synonym myrtus ugni shows its similarity to myrtle.
Good to know - produces edible berries.
Pests & Diseases - none.
Place of Origin - South America.
Evergreen - shrubs and trees with small, elliptic to oval, leathery leaves and solitary cup- or bowl-shaped flowers.
Full Sun - shelter from colds winds in frosty areas
Fertile moist well-drained soil