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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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.