Yellow Guava


General description

Shrub or small tree < 3 m tall. Leaves are < 14 x 7 cm, strongly veined and densely hairy when young. Flowers are white/yellow and borne July – March. Fruit is yellow, < 4 cm in diameter, contains hard seeds and ripens in November – March.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment, from 1 September 2022, you:

  • will not be allowed to breed, distribute, release or sell yellow guava within the Auckland region.
  • will not be allowed to plant yellow guava within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • must destroy any yellow guava on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Forest margins, scrub, disturbed forest, pasture, dry habitats.

Seeds dispersed by birds and pigs. Vegetative spread from suckering.

May exacerbate impacts from animal pests such as possums and feral pigs by providing an important food source.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel
Large stems can be frilled and pasted with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1 L of water
Remove cut stems to greenwaste or landfill or stack in a pile and spray

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Yellow guava - Main species image