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Pineapple guava  

Feijoa sellowiana

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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.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Anti-flash white. The blooms display an average of 4 petals.

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.

Try planting Pineapple guava if you'd like to attract bees and birds to your garden.

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.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Pineapple guava have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Pineapple guava

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

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. Zone 8 to 10 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). 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.

See our list of companion Plants for Pineapple guava to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Pineapple guava from seed

Transplanting Pineapple guava

As Pineapple guava is very hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

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Other names for Pineapple guava

Feijoa

Acca sellowiana, Orthostemon sellowianus

Misspellings: feyjoa, feyjoa sellowiana

Latest Pineapple guava Reviews

  • 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.

    5 stars

    graibeard about growing Feijoa (Feijoa sellowiana)

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