Belonging to the Feijoa genus, Pineapple guava has a botanical name of Feijoa sellowiana.
Shrub or small tree, with a sprawly growth habit. Large, oval deep green leaves, with white peachfuzz on the undersides. Cinnamon-colored bark. Dramatic red-and-white, fuschia-like flowers with sweet, edible petals. Edible fruit is dark green, egg-sized, and looks as bit like a small avocado (with a guava-like navel at one end). The fruit is strongly scented and flavored, reminiscent of a mix of pineapple, strawberry and mint.Pineapple guava grows as an evergreen and is a flowering edible fruit / ornamental. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year. Normally growing to a mature height of 3.00 metres (9.75 feet), Pineapple guava grows with a bushy habit. This plant tends to be ready for harvesting by late autumn.
Argentina is believed to be where Pineapple guava originates from.
Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Pineapple guava is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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Prefers a climate without extremes of heat or cold – mature, healthy plants are tolerant of cold (down to about 15F). Feijoas are not very happy with temperatures over 90F, and high heat and humidity can make fruit set very difficult; temperate (without harsh winters), humid warm/cool climates are ideal. Some drought tolerance; they can perform well in Mediterranean climates. Will require occasional pruning; otherwise, sprawling natural growth habit can be an issue in windy areas.
For fruit set, multiple plants (at least two), preferably of differing ancestry, will usually be required. Flowers (which are gorgeous) do not produce nectar, so attracting pollinators can be a challenge; hand-pollination can be effective.Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Pineapple guava is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to go dormant over the long winter months.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Pineapple guava so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Pineapple guava so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Pineapple guava plants:
Acca sellowiana, Orthostemon sellowianus
Misspellings: feyjoa, feyjoa sellowiana
19 May 2011
I love the sweet/sour flavour, a bit like kiwifruit to me. Great producer and almost pest-free bush. A tough plant that can take some neglect but fruits better if watered and fertilised.
11 May 2011
5++ Acquired taste perhaps but a very tasty fruit for early winter. Terrific producer, attractive flower (edible) and tough dark green foliage. A must for any large garden – can be pruned to size.