Chilean Guava – Jim Gerdemann
The Jim Gerdemann clone of Chilean Guava was selected by Ian Barclay of Desert Northwest from the collection of infamous gardener and plant collector Jim Gerdemann’s garden on the Southern Oregon Coast. Jim could not remember where he got this plant from but in his honor we’ve named this selection after him. Plants have a more rounded leaf shape than the species and supposedly a bit more cold hardiness. In coastal climates or part shade the Jim Gerdemann Chilean Guava may grow up to 8 feet tall but in full sun and growing in hotter climates it usually stays around 4 feet high by 3 feet wide. Fruit is just as delicious and a bit larger and more prolific than the typical clone being offered.
Latin Name: Myrtus ugni (Ugni molinae)
Site and Soil: Guava likes 1/2 day to full sun in cooler regions, partial shade in hot regions, and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to about 10º F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 3-6 ft. in height.
Taste: Sweet-tart, sprightly
Fruit Skin: Red
Bloom Time: May-June
Ripening Time: October
Yield: 1-2 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Guava is not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 8
Sunset Western Zone: 14-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed