Acca sellowiana, formerly known as Feijoa sellowiana. Native to South America, Pineapple guava produces green, egg-shaped fruit in late summer on an evergreen, large shrub that can reach 20 feet but is amenable to almost any amount of pruning or shaping. The leaves are silver beneath and green above and billow like a linden tree in the wind. They create a perfect foil for the amazing flowers, with their big blowsy stamens that are visible from a great distance. They look like myrtle flowers on steroids, and no wonder. Pineapple guava is a member of the myrtle family. Birds and bees are drawn to those flowers and birds will eat the petals, pollinating the flowers as they feast. Some claim the petals are edible for humans, but this is a stretch for most palates.
Pineapple guava grows best in areas with summer temperatures below 90 degrees and winter temperatures above 15 degrees. Temperatures below 15 degrees for sustained periods will kill the shrub. No pests or diseases of any note plague this easy-going species. Self-fertile, but a larger crop with 2 or more plants, or hand pollination. Drought tolerant and can survive Mediterranean summers without any supplemental irrigation, yet can take regular watering. Full sun in cool summer areas, benefits from filtered sun in warmer climates.
The fall fruit is filled with soft, tropical tasting pulp that is scooped out like an avocado. The taste falls somewhere between a banana, a pineapple, a kiwi and a guava. Fruit drops from shrub when ripe. Fruit grown in cooler summer areas has better flavor than crops from desert locations. Numerous named cultivars exist and they will fruit at a younger age than seedlings.
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Feijoa sellowiana. Pineapple guava might be the easiest and most rewarding of subtropical shrubs to grow. This is the straight species, blooming in spring and fruiting in fall. Plant two shrubs for optimal fruit set. As of October 2016, plants are about 2' tall, some leaf drop from recent cold spell. Grown in 1 gal containers. ONE PER CUSTOMER, PLEASE.
|Pineapple Guava 'Nikita' 2 gal|
Feijoa sellowiana 'Nikita', grown in 2 gal containers. These have been trained to one main trunk, caliper over 1/2", branching at top third, about 4' tall as of November 2016. OUT OF STOCK UNTIL SUMMER 2017.
|Pineapple guava 'Robert' 2 gal|
'Robert' is a New Zealand cultivar that offers plentiful, large fruit on a compact bush. Probably one of the most reliably self-fertile cultivars. Grown in 2 gal containers, plants as of May 2017 are 4' tall, 5/8" caliper trunk, have been pruned back to promote branching.
|Pineapple Guava 'Mammoth'|
'Mammoth' has the largest (up to half a pound or more) and tastiest fruit of all the Pineapple guava cultivars, a rare combination in the fruit world. The pulp contains a strong guava flavor with strawberry undertones. Matures earlier than the species, with fruit often ripening by September. Grown in 1 gal containers, this new crop of trees as of September 2016 is much smaller than photo, about 8" tall, no branching, very narrow caliper, no older wood. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.
|Pineapple Guava 'Silver Seas'|
'Silver Seas' is a selection from the species that sports shimmery white on the reverse of the leaves in young growth during hot weather. This cultivar is the same in all other respects. Very well-developed plants in 2 gal containers, about 3' tall with heavy branching. Fruit ripens beginning in October. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK.