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Do guava trees do well in the SF Bay Area?

Posted by technoduckling SF Bay Area (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 16, 12 at 19:54

Hi everyone,

Just wondering if anyone has had experience growing guava trees in the South SF Bay Area? We're located in Santa Clara county and our yard gets lots of sun throughout the day, but not sure if the winters are too cold for the tree. We're looking at the apple guava types like white indonesian seedless. Please chime in if growing good guava is possible here!
Thank you!


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RE: Do guava trees do well in the SF Bay Area?

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Mon, Dec 17, 12 at 14:17

California Rare Fruit Growers site implies you might be able to, especially if you can give the young tree frost protection.

Here is a link that might be useful: CA rare fruit growers page on Tropical Guava


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RE: Do guava trees do well in the SF Bay Area?

When i lived in Watsonville, also a Sunset zone 17 they did very well, fruiting dependable. Al


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RE: Do guava trees do well in the SF Bay Area?

Yes - friends grow these very successfully in San Jose. They do cover with burlap on any nights there might be frost.


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RE: Do guava trees do well in the SF Bay Area?

We (SJ) had a strawberry guava that did very well every year, but we cut it down last year due to problems that had nothing to do with the tree. It was a good 15-20 feet tall (how old?) and we never covered it in the winter.


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RE: Do guava trees do well in the SF Bay Area?

I live in Danville, I have about 10 different types of trees. Most of my true tropical types (I got the seeds from India.) die over the winter but grow back. Nothing works for these, No matter how much I cover them, it seems just when I think, its warm and take the cover off, boom, the freeze comes and they are fried crisp over night. Some of my varieties (those purchased here locally) made it even through the freeze this year (2013). The one I particularly like is a type called lemon guava. These are small yellow fruits, that are very tasty. These made it just fine, fruiting all through the winter.

Am thinking about building a small three sided greehouse for my trees.


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