Feijoa sellowiana

pineapple guava, guavasteen

Feijoa sellowiana is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow and requires minimal care. It is drought-tolerant and can thrive in a variety of climates. It produces large, edible fruits with a sweet, aromatic flavor.

The leaves are oval-shaped, glossy green, and have a strong fragrance when crushed. The flowers are white and fragrant, and the fruits are green and yellow when ripe.

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Origin: South and Central America
Genus: Feijoa
Species / Cultivar: sellowiana
Common Name: pineapple guava, guavasteen
Synonym: Acca sellowiana
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Feijoa sellowiana, commonly known as pineapple guava, thrives in well-drained soil and full sun exposure, although it tolerates partial shade. Regular watering is essential during its early growth stages, ensuring adequate moisture until established. Once mature, it becomes fairly drought-tolerant. Pruning, mainly for shaping or thinning, can be done in late winter.

This evergreen shrub typically grows 1.5-2.5 metres in height and spread, forming a dense, multi-stemmed bush. Its edible, sweet-tart fruits and attractive, silvery-green foliage make it an excellent addition to gardens, serving both ornamental and culinary purposes.



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