Feijoa sellowiana

pineapple guava, guavasteen

(2 customer reviews)

From: £132.95

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

Plant Biography

Feijoa sellowiana, sometimes listed as Acca sellowiana, is native to many South and Central American regions: southern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, Uraguay, northern Argentina, and Columbia.

They are grown commercially in their native range for their fruits, as well as New Zealand, Azerbajan, and Georgia. The fruit is usually sold local to the producers as it has a short shelf life and does not travel well, which might explain why it is rarely, if ever, found for sale in the UK.

The Pineapple Guava is drought tolerant and can thrive in many types of soil. It is ideal for use as a hedge or screen, and can be grown in containers. It is also a popular choice for bonsai.

Feijoa 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 care for, just keep an eye on any extra environmental needs such as humidity.
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.

Plant Trivia

The edible fruit is greenish-yellow in colour and has a sweet, juicy, pineapple-like flavour. The fruit can be eaten fresh, made into preserves, or used to make drinks, jellies, and desserts. However, due to the fact that it's prone to bruising, the fruit is rarely sold commercially except close to the growing sites.
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.

 

First class service. Plant arrived well packaged and in good condition

Bruce T.

First class service. Plant arrived well packaged and in good condition

2 customer reviews for Feijoa sellowiana

Excellent well-grown plant. Shout out for courier who carried the plant plus pallet up seven steps to front door, then rang later to ensure I was aware.

Alastair Tod (verified owner)

First class service. Plant arrived well packaged and in good condition

Bruce T.