University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Fruits & Nuts

Guava (Psidium guajava L.)

Guava is a berry with few to many small brown seeds. The fruit is very variable in size and other characteristics depending on cultivar. Fruit shape ranges from round, ovoid to pear-shaped. The peel color ranges from green to yellow and flesh color may be white, yellow, pink or red. Fruit peel thickness may be thin or thick and depends upon cultivar. There is a wide range in flavor and aroma, ranging from sweet to highly acid and strong and penetrating aroma to mild and pleasant. The tree is small, single or multi-trunked, to 20 ft., with a spreading or upright canopy. The bark of the trunk is attractive with a mottled greenish-brown to light brown color. Leaves are opposite, oblong, 3 to 7 inches in length, with serrated margins and prominent veins on the lower side. Leaves are fuzzy on the lower side, especially when young. Flowers are white, about 1 inch in diameter and borne in leaf axils of new growth.