Chilean Guava

Ugni molinae

This is one of the most popular plants used in permaculture plantings because of its multiple attributes! Handsome, dense, evergreen forest green foliage with bronzy new growth sets the stage for exquisitely fragrant tiny white bell-shaped flowers in spring. Its deep red pea-sized fruits are also beautiful and uniquely tasty, and if you allow them to stay on the bush into the fall, they become even more delicious and strawberry-esque, making a divine jam. Good for growing in a large container, or as an informal hedge. The leaves are also used as tea and roasted seeds can be used as a coffee substitute!

Water: Moderate, Drought Tolerant

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Shrub growing to 6' tall

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Neutral

Origin: Chile and adjacent regions of Southern Argentina

Chilean Guava