Rhodomyrtus psidioides (MYRTACEAE) Native Guava

Plants to Plant

A shrubby tree to 12 m in wet sclerophyl and dry rainforest. This is one of the less well-known of our Enoggera species and one well worth cultivating. The young shoots are covered with fine hairs giving them a brown velvety appearance. Leaves are opposite, sometimes in threes, with very distinct veins, oil dots and pleasantly aromatic when crushed. In the same family as Eucalypts and Syzygiums.

Photo: Robert Whyte


White flowers in spring and summer. The fruit is edible, though not highly thought of, being very ordinary tasting and filled with wedge-shaped seeds. Seeds can be sown fresh with the pulp, germinating in about six weeks. Cuttings strike easily.
Photo: Robert Whyte