Native to Southern Brazil and Northern Agentina, pineapple guavas were discovered by German explorer Sellow in 1819 -- thus the botanical name. It is a drought resistant very tough evergreen shrub that is not a true guava. Leaves are a dark and glossy green with whitish-silver underside. Both the flowers and fruit are edible. It makes a great privacy hedge.
Sun: Full or partial
Years to fruit: 3 - 4 years
Height at maturity: 6 - 8 feet
Yield: 10 lbs.
Pineapple Guavas Seedling (Feijoa sellowiana)
A slow growing shrub with flavorful fruit that can grow taller than 8 feet in warm areas but is easy to keep small. Works well in ground or container. In its natural environment it is pollinated by birds. So may need hand-pollination. It is attractive to bees, butterflies and small birds -- but not hummingbirds. Water consistently, not too much nor too little. The dark green fruit is good fresh or as jelly or fruit leather.
Fruit color: Dark green
Bloom color: Crimson red center with bright pink petals, fuschia like
Harvest time: November, needs a long growing season
Min temp: 5 degrees
Pollenizers: 2 plants needed for good crops