Guabiju (Myrcianthes pungens)

$ 3,60

The guabiju (Eugenia pungens) is an exceptional small tree from South America that deserves a place in edible landscapes. Extremely cold-hardy down to around -10°C, yet producing deliciously sweet purple fruits in late fall, the guabiju combines hardiness with a unique crop at a time when few other fruits are available. It also has ornamental value with fragrant white flowers in spring and glossy foliage. Remarkably easy to grow and useful for its medicinal leaves, the versatile guabiju offers cold-tolerance, landscape beauty, and culinary interest all in one resilient, low-maintenance package.

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Introducing the Guabiju – A Uniquely Hardy and Delicious Fruit Tree

Are you looking to add an unusual and highly resilient fruit tree to your garden? Look no further than the guabiju (Myrcianthes pungens), also known as the guaviyú, yva viyú, or yvá poreí. This small Neotropical tree in the myrtle family is native to Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, but can now be found cultivated in some tropical regions of Asia as well.

What makes the guabiju so special? For starters, it is extremely cold-hardy for a subtropical fruit tree, able to tolerate temperatures down to around -10°C (14°F). This allows it to be grown in marginally temperate climates where most other fruit trees would struggle.

Despite its hardiness, the guabiju is also an attractive ornamental tree with a spreading canopy of glossy green foliage. In spring, it produces abundant tiny, white, sweetly fragrant flowers. Come late fall and winter, bright purple or black globe-shaped fruits around 2 to 3 cm wide adorn the branches.

The real stars, however, are the fruits themselves. Sweet, juicy, and uniquely flavored, guabiju fruits make a delicious fresh eating snack or can be used in jams, juices, or other culinary preparations.

Cultivating guabijus is remarkably easy. They can be grown as small trees or pruned into ornamental hedges. Their robust nature means they require little maintenance once established. The aromatic leaves even have medicinal properties useful for treating diarrhea, indigestion, or sore throats when made into teas or gargles.

With their rare combination of cold-hardiness, beauty, light cultivation requirements, and delectable fruits, guabiju trees make an excellent addition to any edible landscape. Order your seeds today and get a head start on growing this unique and versatile plant!

 

TIP: dont overwater when sowing, just keep humid and use a well drained soil.

 

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