Strawberry guava is a lesser-known relative of the commercially-grown guava, psidium guajava; it is a small tree or shrub 10 - 15 feet tall but may reach 25 feet, with an upright, many-branched rounded to vase-shaped, moderately dense crown. The bark is attractive, smooth, gray-brown to golden, peeling off in thin sheets. Leaves are dark green, opposite/subopposite, simple, entire, obovate to oval, leathery and 2 - 4 inches long. Flowers are fragrant, white with prominent stamens, borne singly or in 3's in the leaf axis, 5/8 - 2 1/3 inches wide and resemble a small powderpuff. Fruits are oval to rounded, 1 - 1 1/2 inches long (smaller than regular guava) fleshy, red when ripe, with numerous small white seeds. The fruit can be eaten fresh or made into preserves; it also attracts birds. Seeds and air layering are used for propagation. The leaves are used to make tea. Strawberry guava can be grown as dual purpose ornamental and fruit tree and tolerates pruning. With attractive bark, leaves, flowers and fruits, it is an ideal backyard, courtyard and specimen small shade tree in a large bright conservatory. It can also be grown as a bonsai. Fruit litter may be a problem if the tree is near a walkway. Strawberry guava is an invasive species in florida and other areas where it has been introduced.