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Ugni molinae (photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library)
Ugni molinae (photo courtesy of Andrea Jones/Garden Exposures Photo Library)

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Ugni molinae

Chilean Guava
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Shrubs

<span>South American native grown for its foliage, flowers, and fruit. Slow to moderate growth to 3–6 ft. tall and wide. Scraggly and open in youth but has a compact, rounded form when mature. Small, oval, leathery leaves are dark green with bronze tints above, whitish beneath; the edges are slightly rolled under. Rose-tinted white flowers resembling little bottlebrushes appear in late spring, early summer. These are followed by purplish or reddish, 1/2-in., pleasant-tasting fruit that smells like apples and can be eaten fresh or used in jams and jellies. Tidy, restrained plant for patios, terraces, and near walks and paths. Give neutral to acid soil. Feijoa sellowiana and Guava are related plants that are grown primarily for their fruit.

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