Native to the tropical Americas, the guava is often found growing wild and roadside in central and south Florida. Guava fruit are very nutritious, rich in vitamins A and C, and the seeds contain omega-3 and omega-6. It can be trained to grow as a small tree, and may be planted in central Florida. Keep an eye on it, however; guava are considered invasive in South Florida and shouldn't be planted there.
Guava is a small single- or multi-trunked tree up to 20 feet tall. The bark is attractive, with a mottled greenish-brown to light brown color. The guava fruit is a round or ovoid berry with small brown seeds and a green to yellow peel. There is a wide range of pulp colors and flavors among the many different varieties.
The plant can self-pollinate, but crosspollination will increase the yield. Like all tropical plants, guava should be protected from freezes. It’s quite drought tolerant, and should be planted in full sun.