Guava or Kumquat??

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  1. Nadira2100

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    I have just recently purchased a Hong Kong Guava tree and have a sneaking suspicion that I was sent the wrong tree. Does anyone know of a sure way to tell a guava tree from a kumquat tree without fruit or flowers? I have come across pictures online of guava leaves but am unsure if the differences in pictures to my tree's leaves are due to lighting, poor eyesight or the young age of my tree. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it.
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Kumquat is a citrus and guavas are not.
     
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    Those pictures helped somewhat. The leaves of my tree have the same parallel vein pattern as the guava, but they have that waxy thick look to them like the kumquat. The guava picture shows leaves that look more "textured" from the vein patterns that my tree doesnt seem to have. However, the leaves of my tree are growing opposite one another as opposed to alternating like the kumquat picture. How large do the guava leaves typically get compared to the kumquat leaves? I've attached a few photos of my tree. To me it looks more like the kumquat tree in the thread that you sent me the link to more than the guava. I think this is why I didn't become a botanist...lol. Thanks for your help.
     

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    Now that I'm thinking about it. Could this be a Red Indian guava instead of a Hong Kong???
     
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    I am not sure what a "Hong Kong Guava" is, but this definitely does not look like a gauva Psidium. They do look suspiciously citrusy.
     
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    Opposite leaves - not citrus of any kind.
     
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    true, I meant its shape and the glossy texture.

    actually I am rather surprised by the other thread where the guava is being grown indoors.
     
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    Anyone have any clue what it is now that we know it's not a citrus tree?
     
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    any smell when the leaves are crushed?
     
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    Yes there definately is.
     
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    looks like a cattley guava and there is a bunch of different varaitys of cattley guava's
     

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