Image of a young Chilean Guava plant, as sold by Urban Bounty NZ.  The plant has small dark green leaves and will produce small red berries when fruiting.  It is photographed in a 1.5 litre pot.

Chilean Guava Plants


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Chilean Guava is a fragrant, evergreen shrub.  WE think of it as an edible alternative to Buxus, as it looks amazing topiarised in a large pot, or as a low maintenance hedge.  The delicious berries are a later season treat - arriving in autumn as the other fruit trees enter dormancy.  You won't find Chilean Guava in the shops, so you'll need to plant one to try it!

Urban Bounty Chilean Guava seedlings come in a 1.5L pot.

What is Chilean Guava (New Zealand Cranberry, Tazziberry)? 

Chilean Guava (Myrtus ugni) works a treat in a coastal or tropical-style garden.  It has an intoxicating Strawberry-like smell, making it a great option for a scented garden too.  A low maintenance plant, Chilean Guava are ideal candidates for patio pots, an edible hedge, or even topiary.  Unpruned,  this easy care plant grows to about one metre high and wide, producing fruit in autumn.

As its name suggests, Chilean Guava comes from Chile and surrounding countries.  It is a small, evergreen shrub with beautiful waxy green leaves, beautiful pale pink flowers, and small red-pink fruit.  (The leaves occasionally reveal a flush or red or purple too.) 

Culinary Uses for Chilean Guava (New Zealand Cranberries, Tazziberry)

Chilean Guava are delicious raw, or cooked.  Ripening in late autumn, these grazeable treats are a natural sweet treat, just when the rest of your fruit trees are waning.  Eat them raw off the bush - they will deliver a taste sensation all of their own.  The flavour of Chilean Guava is sometimes compared to a mix of Kiwifruit, Strawberry and tangy Sherbet, all in one! 

Chilean Guava are a good substitute for Cranberries and Blueberries.  Try them sprinkled over your morning muesli, in fruit salad, or baked into muffins.  These berries are also ideal for jams and jellies (rumoured to be Queen Victoria's favourite).  If you are a fan of south American cuisine, try using them in murta con membrillo, a popular Chilean dessert which combines Quince and Chilean Guava. Chilean Guava jus is also a good accompaniment for many meat dishes.

The flavour of Chilean Guava develops slightly after they deepen in colour (in autumn).  Leave them on the tree just a little longer than you think, and try a few before you pick the rest to be sure they are ripe. Once picked, Chilean guavas can be stored in the fridge. They are also good for drying.

Growing Conditions - Chilean Guava (New Zealand Cranberries, Tazziberry)

Plant Chilean Guava any time of year, taking care to water regularly if planting during a hot or dry period. It is self-fertile, so you only need one plant, while two will produce plenty for a family.  (Fruit develops three years after planting.)  If planting as a hedge, plant your trees a full stride apart. Companion plant Chilean Guava with Garlic, Borage, Dill, Chives, or Nasturtium

Chilean Guava is generally an easy-care plant.  It thrives in a sunny, sheltered spot and is somewhat wind and salt tolerant.  Although it prefers rich free draining soil, it can be grown in clay or sandy soil, provided it is kept consistently moist.  (Mulch around the drip line of the tree to prevent soil from drying out.) Container-grown Chilean Guava need regular feeding and watering, good drainage and a sprinkling of blood and bone in the spring.

Prune after fruiting to encourage your Chilean Guava to bush out, or clip regularly for a hedge of topiary shape. 

What type of climate do Chilean Guava prefer?

Chilean Guava is somewhat frost tolerant, but doesn't generally like cold weather.  If you live in a cooler part of New Zealand, plant in pots and move to a warm, sheltered position over winter.  Plant any time of the year in warmer areas.  

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.


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