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botanical name:
Ugni molinae
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common name:  Chilean Guava, Strawberry Guava, Murta, Murtilla
synonyms:  Myrtus ugni, Eugenia ugni
family:  Myrtaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 1.50m
width: 1.00m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: maroon
stem/bark: brown
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Small evergreen shrub with foliage of small, oppositely arranged, elliptic to ovate, glossy dark-green leaves. Young growth is tinged red. Nodding, fragrant, white or pink flowers, about 1cm across, in late spring or summer, followed by very aromatic, edible, dark red berries, also about 1cm across.


cultivation:
Most well drained soils in sun or part shade and a sheltered position. Thrives best in mild climates, young growth can be damaged by spring frosts. Drought resistant once established, but for a good fruit crop, water during dry summer periods.
Can be trimmed if required and can be trained as a small hedge.

propagation:
From seed or semi-ripe cuttings.

usage:
The fruit can be eaten fresh or cooked and is valued for its unique aromatic flavour
The leaves can be used to make a tea.

other notes:
Native to the southern Andes area of Chile and Argentina.

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