This strawberry Guava has lived indoors under lights for the last 11 years and has flowered and fruited only twice in all these years. The fruit is 1.5 inches in diameter and brick red when ripe. See fruit by clicking here. It is a delicious treat that actually tastes like a strawberry. It fruited recently and had 15 fruits. Seeds have been planted for the next generation of bonsai.
Its most interesting feature is the exfoliating multi-colored bark which sheds in irregular patches at varying intervals. The tree also heals over cuts with a nice flat scar.
This tree requires lots of water so keeping the soil moist in a shallow container is a bit of a challenge.
The Guava is very happy growing under lights and due to its thick leaves it tolerates indoor dryness quite well. It has no insect or other problems.
There are many other species of Guava that can be used for bonsai but many have larger thinner leaves.
The tree is 27 inches tall and has a trunk of 2.5 inches.