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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.

It should be noted that guava is listed as a "caution" plant for central and south Florida on the UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas.

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