Yellow guava is a small tree which grows up to 10 metres tall. It has spreading
branches, and characteristic smooth copper coloured bark which flakes away to
reveal the pale green layer beneath.
Leaves are wide green and oblong in shape, leathery, aromatic when crushed and
downy on the underside. The veins are strongly indented on the top side. Leaf
dimensions are 7 to 15 centimetres long and 3 to 5 centimetres wide.
Flowers are creamy white, and shed their petals to leave a tuft of yellow-tipped
Fruit are rounded, have yellow skins when ripe, with pinkish-red flesh, and can be
between 5 to 10 centimetres long.
Habitat it grows along watercourses in coastal belts.
Weed characteristics it plays host to the papaya fruit fly. It is known to form dense
stands to choke out other plants.
Dispersal its seeds are distributed by birds, mammals, livestock and people
Yellow guava is a not declared plant under Queensland legislation, but its control is recommended.
How to act
Basal barking is an effective treatment for this weed. Care must be taken as this plant can regrow from cut stumps and can sucker a long way from the main plant. Any regrowth can be treated using a follow up foliar spray or hand pulling of seedlings, taking care not to damage any native vegetation.
Refer to Weed Control Methods.
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