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Feijoa sellowiana (Pineapple guava)

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2 hours care
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6m
Max height
4m
Max spread
20-50 Years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Feijoa sellowiana

Other names

Pineapple guava, Acca sellowiana

Genus

Feijoa Feijoa

Species

F. sellowiana - F. sellowiana is a slow-growing, tender evergreen tree with thick grey-green leaves and pinky-white flowers with fleshy petals and red star-burst stamens folllowed by edible fruit.


Feijoa sellowiana is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flower petals that are slightly sweet with an interesting delicate flavor.

Habit

Upright

Flower

White, Red, Pink in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

The feijoa is remarkably pest and disease-resistant.

Specific pests

Scale insects Scale insects

General care

Pruning

Pruning is not required. Light pruning after fruiting will encourage new growth and thinning also permits easier harvesting. When grown as a hedge, the feijoa responds well to heavy pruning or shearing, but this reduces flower and fruit production.

Propagation

Many clones are not self-fertile and needs another pineapple guava to act as the pollinator.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Feijoa sellowiana (Pineapple guava) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 4m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Containers, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in moist, humus-rich soil in sun or part shade. Protect overwinter. It may take two to three years before flowers are produced. Drought resistant once established, but lack of water will cause fruit to drop, does not like too wet.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Feijoa sellowiana

Other names

Pineapple guava, Acca sellowiana

Genus

Feijoa Feijoa

Species

F. sellowiana - F. sellowiana is a slow-growing, tender evergreen tree with thick grey-green leaves and pinky-white flowers with fleshy petals and red star-burst stamens folllowed by edible fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flower petals that are slightly sweet with an interesting delicate flavor.

Habit

Upright


Colour

Flower

White, Red, Pink in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

The feijoa is remarkably pest and disease-resistant.

Specific pests

Scale insects

General care

Pruning

Pruning is not required. Light pruning after fruiting will encourage new growth and thinning also permits easier harvesting. When grown as a hedge, the feijoa responds well to heavy pruning or shearing, but this reduces flower and fruit production.

Propagation

Many clones are not self-fertile and needs another pineapple guava to act as the pollinator.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Feijoa sellowiana (Pineapple guava) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 4m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Low Maintenance, Containers, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in moist, humus-rich soil in sun or part shade. Protect overwinter. It may take two to three years before flowers are produced. Drought resistant once established, but lack of water will cause fruit to drop, does not like too wet.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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