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Acca sellowiana (Pineapple Guava)

Pineapple Guava, Feijoa sellowiana


Prized for its foliage, flowers and fruit, Acca sellowiana (Pineapple Guava) is an evergreen shrub of rounded habit or small tree with handsome gray-green leaves, 1-3 in. long (2-7 cm), densely white-felted on the underside. Blooming in late spring to early summer, ravishing bicolor flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), bloom singly or in clusters in the leaf axils. Each blossom sports four reflexed sepals, four red petals with white tips and a showy bouquet of rich crimson stamens tipped with yellow pollen. Shining against the foliage, the flamboyant flowers are edible and may be added to salads. They are followed by edible, egg-shaped, red-flushed green fruit, up to 3 in. long (7 cm). They may take 4-7 months to ripen, depending upon climate. They can be eaten fresh and enjoy a pineapple-spearmint flavor. A handsome shrub worthy of inclusion in the border, as a screen or hedge. Tolerant of drought and salt winds, Pineapple Guava is well-suited to coastal gardens.

  • Grows up to 6-15 ft. tall and wide (180-450 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is easily grown in light, evenly moist, well-drained soils. Mulch soil around the shrub to protect the shallow roots. Tolerates salt spray and drought.
  • Perfect for wall-side borders, as a specimen or accent plant, hedges. Great in Mediterranean gardens and coastal gardens. Where not winter hardy, grow in containers to be overwintered indoors.
  • No routine pruning necessary. Remove any winter damaged growth in late spring. Can be pruned to form a pretty hedge.
  • Generally pest and disease free.
  • Propagate by seed at 55-61°F (13-16°C) as soon as ripe. Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
  • Native to Brazil, Uruguay.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs, Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 15' (180cm – 4.5m)
Spread 6' – 15' (180cm – 4.5m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 9 – 11
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Fruit, Shrubs, Trees
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 15' (180cm – 4.5m)
Spread 6' – 15' (180cm – 4.5m)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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