Acca Species, Feijoa, Pineapple Guava

Acca sellowiana

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acca (AK-uh) (Info)
Species: sellowiana (sel-lo-wee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Acca sellowiana var. rugosa
Synonym:Feijoa sellowiana
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Edible Fruits and Nuts



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:



8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Under 1"


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama

Prattville, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona(2 reports)

Queen Creek, Arizona

Saint David, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Banning, California

Berkeley, California(2 reports)

Canoga Park, California

Capistrano Beach, California

Citrus Heights, California

Davis, California

East Palo Alto, California

Elk Grove, California

Fairfield, California

Hayward, California

Lathrop, California

Livermore, California

Long Beach, California

Martinez, California

NORTH FORK, California

Oxnard, California

Paradise, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Redondo Beach, California

Sacramento, California(2 reports)

San Anselmo, California

San Carlos, California

San Diego, California(2 reports)

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

San Pedro, California

Santa Ana, California

Santa Clara, California

Sebastopol, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Torrance, California

Upland, California

Vista, California(9 reports)

Walnut Creek, California

Bartow, Florida

Citra, Florida

Deltona, Florida

Homestead, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Maitland, Florida

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Sumterville, Florida

Venice, Florida

Brunswick, Georgia

Hahira, Georgia

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Keaau, Hawaii

Orchidlands Estates, Hawaii

Baton Rouge, Louisiana(3 reports)

Gretna, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Vacherie, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Centreville, Maryland

Port Republic, Maryland

Dorr, Michigan

Plymouth, Michigan

Columbia, Mississippi

Florence, Mississippi

Las Vegas, Nevada

Carrboro, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Lumberton, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

Jacksonville, Oregon

Portland, Oregon(2 reports)

Beaufort, South Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina(2 reports)

Sumter, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Bryan, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

De Leon, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Friendswood, Texas

Georgetown, Texas

Henderson, Texas

Houston, Texas(5 reports)

Iredell, Texas

La Marque, Texas

Leander, Texas

Lincoln, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

San Marcos, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Spring, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

Artondale, Washington

Kennewick, Washington

Marysville, Washington

Point Roberts, Washington

Seattle, Washington

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 1, 2020, hotbuthumid from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Mine are 3 yrs old so mostly flowers, just a few fruits, but everything says they need good drainage and full sun. I found more written by a commercial grower and he contradicts that.

Apparently, tolerating drought doesn't mean enjoying it :-)

My happiest bush is the one I tried planting in the wettest and shadiest spot in my lawn to make sure it wouldn't be the open spot in my hedge before planting the rest.

It tolerated 24F with no protection and no problem.


On Mar 1, 2020, Rests from Bryan, TX wrote:

I feel in the minority with my experience with this guava. I have had it 2 years with not much luck. It is not salt tolerant at all! The leaves stay severely burned from the salt. We have salty water here in Bryan, Texas. I have moved it to a bigger pot, and I am going to try watering it with rain water. I will see what happens. It has been a total dud so far.


On Sep 14, 2017, Plantknow from Ehingen/ Southern Bavaria,
Germany wrote:

Seems to grow and fruit here in southern bavaria, germany. Hardy down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. In very cold winters it loose its leaves but resprouts fast in spring.


On Jun 2, 2016, aphclr from Port Republic, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have two bushes about three years old now. I planted them on the edge of some woods in my yard and they quickly shot up to about 3 ft in one year. Last winter 2015-2016 we had some of the coldest weather I have ever seen (down to 6 degrees) for a (7b) garden I was frantic when mine lost almost all their leaves. By mid May they have sent out new leaves all along the stems and from the base. I think I will move them into more full sun and hope for flowers this year!


On Sep 10, 2014, catesgarden from Santa Rosa, CA wrote:

Growing up in Redwood City, CA the neighbor had one that would grow over the fence and we all loved the fruit. Now in Santa Rosa, CA I'm hoping to recreate the feeling with a hedge of these along one side of the backyard. Is there any reason this would not be a good plant to grow for privacy? Thanks to all for the great comments.


On Oct 12, 2012, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a a beautiful, bulletproof fruiting shrub/small tree here in the SC midlands. Yesterday, for the fist time since planting it 4 yrs ago, I noticed fruit had fallen on the ground. I couldn't resist trying it on the spot, and I found the taste mildly tropical and pleasantly sweet. The texture is delicate and, texturally, similar to passion fruit. As previously noted, the flowers are edible and beautiful, and it looks great when allowed to grow into a small tree. My pineapple guava plants have been exposed to ice and temps @ 10-12f.


On Oct 12, 2012, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

This is a a beautiful, bulletproof fruiting shrub/small tree here in the SC midlands. Yesterday, for the fist time since planting it 4 yrs ago, I noticed fruit had fallen on the ground. I couldn't resist trying it on the spot, and I found the taste mildly tropical and pleasantly sweet. The texture is delicate and, texturally, similar to passion fruit. As previously noted, the flowers are edible and beautiful, and it looks great when allowed to grow into a small tree. My pineapple guava plants have been exposed to ice and temps @ 10-12f.


On Oct 12, 2012, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

This is a a beautiful, bulletproof fruiting shrub/small tree here in the SC midlands. Yesterday, for the fist time since planting it 4 yrs ago, I noticed fruit had fallen on the ground. I couldn't resist trying it on the spot, and I found the taste mildly tropical and pleasantly sweet. The texture is delicate and, texturally, similar to passion fruit. As previously noted, the flowers are edible and beautiful, and it looks great when allowed to grow into a small tree. My pineapple guava plants have been exposed to ice and temps @ 10-12f.


On Oct 12, 2012, donnacreation from Sumter, SC wrote:

This is a a beautiful, bulletproof fruiting shrub/small tree here in the SC midlands. Yesterday, for the fist time since planting it 4 yrs ago, I noticed fruit had fallen on the ground. I couldn't resist trying it on the spot, and I found the taste mildly tropical and pleasantly sweet. The texture is delicate and, texturally, similar to passion fruit. As previously noted, the flowers are edible and beautiful, and it looks great when allowed to grow into a small tree. My pineapple guava plants have been exposed to ice and temps @ 10-12f.


On May 19, 2011, jimthzz from San Carlos, CA wrote:

I planted two Coolidge variety Feijoa 4 years ago. Nary a bloom until this year.

But this Spring both plants have about 50 blooms each waiting to open. Four have already opened up.

I think I will have fruit this year!

Had a huge plant in the yard growing up in the San Gabriel Valley. It was pretty old, planted in late 1920s. always had a lot of fruit until the late 1990s when the idiots who bought the family home tore it.


On Mar 26, 2011, Chookystar from Wellington,
New Zealand wrote:

Hi there, just wondering if anyone can help me with a fruitless and flowerless tree... We just bought a house and it has 3 fejoa trees in a row, like a hedge kind of thing... We are wanting to try and get them producing fruit?? Any tips for us?? We've been informed the only thing we can do is by pruning them right back... but after reading I'm not too sure if that is the right thing to do to get the trees fruiting... They are about 12ft tall and shaped... they just seem so unlike feijoa trees that I've seen?!

Any advice would be muchly appreciated please??

Thanks kindly :-)


On Jan 4, 2011, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This tree has become somewhat ubiquitous in nurseries in the area, and for many good reasons. It has the look of an olive tree in my opinion, due to narrow dark green leaves, silver leaf undersides, nicely gnarled bark, and an overall contorted growth habit. The white petals look and taste like marshmallows! This is just indescribably cool. I planted one specimen in my yard and have another in a big pot. The one in the ground is doing far better, and survived recent 25 cold snaps. (on three to four nights) without blinking. Just put it in full sunlight in a sandy mix and forget about it; it will grow into a marvelous and very "Mediterranean-looking" tree for you with zero effort. As a native plant loyalist, I rarely recommend a non-native species with as much confidence as I do thi... read more


On Nov 26, 2010, phoenixtropical from Mesa, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Pineapple guavas grow well in Mesa Arizona.


On Oct 10, 2010, agordon223 from Capistrano Beach, CA wrote:

Planted just one, in the ground, two years ago in Southern California (San Clemente). Although we get some coastal marine layer, we get very little rain, so it seems to be very drought tolerant. No pests. It has doubled in height (about 5 feet now) and we have pruned it to keep it semi-tree like. Spectacular flowers and bearing delicious fruit this year. If you want to know more,


On Mar 13, 2010, purplesun from Krapets,
Bulgaria (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is an all-round ornamental and an odd-looking fruiting shrub. It grows very easily for me. Light shade seems to do best for it. I grow mine in a container that I keep in a cool place for the winter. Its leaves get rigid in the cold, but they recover their softness when brought out. Sofia, Bulgaria, 2300 feet AMSL, Z 6b.

Update April 7th, 2010: In the autumn of 2009, I planted a Pineapple Guava in Krapets, Bulgaria, which is zone 8a. Well, it has survived a bitterly cold winter with temps dipping to -3 degrees F and with fierce arctic winds, though apparently under a heavy snow cover. It is about three feet tall, and half of its branches have been broken under the weight of the snow, with the rest left intact. The leaves look half-green, half-rusty, and cling to the stem... read more


On Jan 25, 2010, jujubetexas from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted three in clay during the horrible drought of 08-09. They doubled/tripled in size and produced fruit the second year. It tasted like pineapple and strawberry mixed together. Wait until the fruit starts to drop from the tree before eating. You can give the bush a little shake and eat the ones that come down. Good news. I had three at the farm and it got down to 11F without damage. They are cold hardy for sure.


On Dec 18, 2009, davecito from Carrboro, NC wrote:

What a great plant!

I would not exactly describe them as hardy - mine (3) are young, at various sizes between seedling, and 2 feet tall. At this stage in their youth, they are a bit more sensitive to cold and overwatering than perhaps when mature, so it would be best to be gentle, and GRADUALLY introduce them to the 'limits' of what they might be able to ultimately endure. With a very lanky, branchy tendency in growth, wind can really do some damage to young plants.

That said, they are also VERY resilient, and when they do experience damage, they tend to bounce back very quickly. Mine have grown steadily. I hope to get flowers and fruit, but it should be said that even the bark and foliage is very, very attractive - all parts of the plant are quite handsom... read more


On May 16, 2009, kpointer101 from Anniston, AL wrote:

What a beautiful specimen. Silvery green leaves, and it keeps gorgeous color year round in zone 7. By the way, I got fruit last year.


On Apr 7, 2009, texasflora_com from De Leon, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I used to live in Pearland, TX, just south of Houston. These were planted as a long hedge about 5 feet tall in front of a shopping center and made tons of tasty fruit and blossoms every year. And I mean tasty! Every day I drove by, from a distance, they looked like Russian Olive (eleagnus) until I saw the blooms and fruit. I just bought 3 of the plants in one gallon containers at Home Depot in Brownwood and they were very healthy and only $4.98. In north Texas, it's a good idea to plant them close to the house on the south or west side since temps down in the teens could injure or possibly kill them. They can surive temps in the upper 20s with no problem, but in Texas, you never know how low it might go. Tropical one day and Siberia the next.


On Dec 17, 2008, armenia from LA, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

They are supposed to be quite drought tolerant once established, but apparently the fruit pretty much all drops off without some water. A few deep waterings might do the trick though.


On May 3, 2008, Cecilia52 from Deland, FL wrote:

I am on the cusp of zones 9a and 9b in Florida and our water situation here is a little scary - in other words - drought. I am thinking of the Pineapple Guava for a hedge behind the native holly trees I planted after the 2004 hurricanes. I think it would be a nice accent, color and texture wise and from my research it is supposed to be drought tolerant. I'd like to know more about this plant before I invest. I don't have irrigation to this area although I can water by hand until established The flowering and fruit features are certainly a plus! Thanks.


On May 3, 2008, labeille from Long Beach, CA wrote:

I live on the coast in Los Angeles County (Naples, California), and purchased my Pineapple Guava [a Monrovia Nursery cultivar] as a standard in a 5 gal. can from Rogers' Gardens in Corona del Mar last year. It has doubled or perhaps tripled in size. Just a gorgeous specimen. I think I need to thin it out a bit though...some branches are looking to long and heavy. I have a tiny little garden in the back where it is growing and I do want to contain the size, although I would love for it to get about twenty feet tall and screen the neighbor's house behind us.


On Mar 31, 2008, mac41 from Wellsford,
New Zealand wrote:

Feijoa fruit are an acquired taste, but make wonderful chutney, jelly, etc etc - and now a lovely sparkling wine here in NZ. What starts as a shrub can get away, and become a huge scraggly tree. We are using them as hedging as they cope well with clay soil and strong wind, both common in the Kaipara (NZ) district, and plan to prune to keep them at about 2m. They deal well with occasional frost as well.


On Dec 18, 2007, pb09 from Portland, OR wrote:

Easy to grow here in Portland, OR. My 25 year old plant is 16' tall. Others in the neighborhood are larger. Flower petals are edible, though the fruit isn't that great (stick with Kiwis). Blooms a LOT in summer.


On Aug 26, 2007, luc_y from wilmington,
United States wrote:

My tree had over one hundred flowers with fruit and they started to fall off and i now have 2 pieces of fruit and it's late august and the tree is starting to bloom.


On Apr 24, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'm deliriously happy to rediscover this very plant, which could be grown successfully where I live. Many fond memories of childhood having this plant in the backyard. I planted one small plant on a northwest side of the property, in the past few years, it survived but haven't produced flowers. As I learned more about gardening, I realized; I haven't given this plant the optimum condition to produce flowers/fruits. Though it recieved adequate moisture, the shrub didn't get enough sun for photosynthesis.
(It's under a thick canopy of larger trees). I'm moving this plant to a better location ASAP.
6/4/07: I'm proudly announcing the flowering of my tree. Though they are few but beautiful. Looking forward to having fruits.


On Apr 24, 2007, vossner from East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

Purchased 1-gallon plants and planted inground, full sun. Saw first blooms after 3 years but no fruit yet. I prune mine as shrubs.
May 2010. Plants continue to do great but still no fruit. Possibly b/c I keep trimming to maintain a semi-formal shape. It makes such a pretty ornamental shrub or tree. But I don't recommend much trimming as you cheat yourself of the tasty fruit. I will plant another one and let it grow as a regular tree. Flowers are very tasty. Every time I walk buy I snatch one and put it right in my mouth.


On Aug 8, 2006, pokemom588 from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

My 5 pineapple guavas have had fruit. my problem is that they are very thin, my friend has them and they are beautiful, full and green. mine on the other hand are thin, and have a scale like fungus on them.


On Jul 22, 2006, CNCM_Blitz from Burleson, TX wrote:

Hi. I seem to be having trouble finding the Feijoa plant. I live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but haven't seen it anywhere. If anyone knows where to buy some of these plants, I would greatly appreciate it if they told me where I can find one in my area.

I used to live in New Zealand myself, and every fall, everybody would be giving feijoas to friends and neighbors for 3 months at least. There was never an end of them! The climate there is absolutely perfect, which is part of why there were so many and so good. Well, the addiction is stuck with me.


On May 30, 2006, a_night_owl from San Diego, CA wrote:

Tasty Fruit & Ambrosia Flowers !
Those of you with Pineapple Guavas that have never eaten the blossom petals -- you are missing a wonderful treat. YUM! Trust me, or look it up, the fleshy part of the blossoms are indeed edible. My daughter almost wiped out all my flowers one year when she was a toddler, she couldn't get enough!

I see many comments on trees not fruiting. It's possible you don't have a self-fruitful variety. Some do fine on their own, others need a friend. Do some research before you buy, the results will be spectacular -- A good place to look is the "California Rare Fruit Growers" website -- they have a good listing of cultivars (13 of them!). I grew some in inland San Diego County, but now that I live on the coast I need a different variety -- ... read more


On Oct 15, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

My brother grew a Pineapple guava hedge around a 20 foot Cordyline australis in the center of a large lawn and despite the trimming into a square shape it produced a large amount of fruit. The rich black California ex-orchard soil and heavy watering with lawn fertilizer(amonium sulfate) must have helped too.
They were soooo good.....


On Jul 16, 2004, Kachinagirl from Modesto, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have a client who tells me her friends look forward to her pineapple guava fruiting because they have a party...they put crushed ice, the fruit, and tequila into the blender... haven't tried it myself, but she says it's great (not quite as healthy as the notes above I suppose but sounds interesting!)


On Jul 15, 2004, GCushing from San Jose, CA wrote:

The plant can be trained as a bush, hedge of tree. The flowers and fruit smell nice. I have received my plants from 5 different nurseries and the flowers and fruit are all some what different. The flowers run a showy white to deep red. The leaves are fairly similar and the hedge looks congruent. The fruit runs from mostly clear jelly to mostly pulp. One plants fruit has 3 pods another 4 and another 5. The flavors run from more tropical guava flavor with a hint of pineapple to lemonade(this has a thicker skin). My fruit size runs from small chicken egg to what a tennis ball looks squished (nearly so). The roots are small and tend to crowd out weeds. Most of my coworkers, friends, and my son will eat the fruit skin and all, leaving the ends. If you are sour weakling, do not eat the skin. My ... read more


On Jul 10, 2004, Reberta from Riverside, CA wrote:

I have 40 plants which are 2 1/2 years old. they are planted along a north west ridge bordering 2 1/2 acres. They are now 7' tall (I purchased them at 2' tall). The first year didn't get too many, but last year harvested an enormous amount, too many to eat fresh. The first year, their size was that of a thumbnail, last year they were the size of an egg.


On May 21, 2004, scottawanga from hastings,

If ever there was a fruit tree that almost all New Zealand backyards have (along with lemons and grapefruit) then feijoas are it. I grow them in the Hawke's Bay where they thrive in the warm dry climate, tolerating frost and long dry summers. Mine is the cultivar "mammoth" with big juicy fruit, it needs a pollinator, "triumph" is recommended, thou I have so many in my neighbourhood i didn't need to put one in.


On Apr 18, 2004, Foreverkramm from Fairfield, CA wrote:

We had one at the home of my childhood in Fairfield California. Half way between San Francisco and Sacramento. I loved it! The fruit was so sweet and smelled sweet too. It was next to our treehouse. I would like to have one in my yard in my present home.


On Apr 17, 2004, lindab223 from Deltona, FL wrote:

I planted the Pineapple Guava on two sides of my butterfly garden here in Deltona Florida. The shrubs have been in the ground about 1 1/2 years. I just found my first flower and is it ever gorgeous. I have had one problem and that is the leaves have curled up and turned brown a few times.


On Apr 16, 2004, angelam from melbourne,
Australia wrote:

I find this a really handsome tree,even without the flowers and fruit. With the dark green upper leaves and silvery backs it can look like it is glittering on a windy day.

My kids all adore the fruit, and as the rule is let them drop from the tree and collect them, they are the easiest harvest going and impossible to misjudge. I can't keep up with demand for the fruit and have just put in a second tree. As there isn't another in the neighbourhood this might improve the yield from my existing tree too by cross pollination but it is definitely reasonably self-fertile and is not a named variety. While the flowers attract birds to date the fruit hasn't.

I also find it very drought tolerant. It is in a part of the garden I don't water, and it has fruited even in dr... read more


On Apr 6, 2004, nancyanne from Lafayette, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This forms a beautiful small tree or large shrub. My plant originally came in a 4" pot from the Mellinger's catalog - it has grown to an 8' shrub in about 4 years - I planted another last year, as I understand they must cross-pollinate in order to fruit.
Even without fruiting, this plant, covered in flowers, is quite a sight. The flowers, said to be edible, are not particularly flavorful, though they have a nice texture.
A very decorative, and cold hardy, tree.
Both of my plants came from the same source, and will not fruit unless I introduce pollen from another source. I swapped branches of flowers with a friend, and we both have lots of fruits this year.


On Feb 3, 2004, WAJOA wrote:

We live in an outer suburb of Perth Western Australia and have just purchased a property with over 150 Feijoa trees! They are about 9 feet tall and 9 feet wide and are planted approx 12 feet apart.
It is February now, and after seeing the trees in beautiful blossom through December and January, we are thrilled to see the fruits forming. They are only small at present, but my goodness - what a lot!


On Oct 24, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

Some friends and neighbors have been growing Pineapple Guavas here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, for years now, so I am planning to grow them too, as soon as I can clear a sunny area for my main vegetable garden and some fruit trees. They are listed in my Southern Living Garden Book as both "Feijoa sellowiana" and "Acca sellowiana," and are also listed as hardy up into the Lower South, which includes the Atlanta area.

My book says the fruit will ripen in four to five months after bloom in the Tropical South (Tampa Bay, Florida, and South along the Coasts), and five to seven months after bloom in the rest of the South. It also says it can take any amount of pruning, and there are several self-fertile, improved selections: 'Beechwood,' 'Coolidge,' and 'Nazemetz,' but ... read more


On Oct 23, 2003, clantonnaomi from Iredell, TX wrote:

I live in central Texas and found my pineapple guava in a nursery in Dallas, Tx. I have had it two years and the blooms are very pretty; however, I have not seen any fruit on it. I hope it continues to thrive here. I think it is a great tree.


On Oct 22, 2003, Kacey wrote:

I just love our Pineapple Guava tree. It is only two years old and has doubled in size, but we noticed it is losing its leaves. My Pineapple Guava has never had a blossom on it, either.


On Sep 30, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have tried the blossoms and they are sweet and quite edible (the petals only)- good in salads, too.

This is a great plant for Southern California -incredibly drought tolerant, plants here often go without any watering for 6-8 months (that's how long we often have without a drop of rain) and no problems.

We had a horse for a while and it loved this tree, too... ate the entire top of the tree- branches and all. Since, the tree has grown a lot more full and looks better... I guess horse pruning can be a good thing.


On Sep 30, 2003, m_harmon wrote:

My parents have been growing this tree for 40-plus years in Palo Alto, California (U.S.) Growing up, Mom made a wonderful jam from the fruit. Today I read that the blossoms are edible, but we haven't tried that yet.

The fruit starts to drop after the middle of September, yielding as many as 50, but averaging 30 per day. Many over 3 ounces; the largest was 3.75 oz. We cut them in half and scoop out the fruit with a spoon. First-time tasters might not be knocked out with the flavor, but it will grow on you, as many of our family and neighbors are addicted.

Today I am researching cultivation because we haven't done any fertilization. Our tree is 15 feet high and wide.

WARNING: I pruned what appeared to be barren if not dead branches. Now the bran... read more


On Jul 8, 2003, Guava85 from Torrance, CA wrote:

I've never grown Pineapple Guava, but I grew up in Torrance, California, across the fence from someone with a fruiting plant. My brother and I would collect the delicious fruit after it dropped into our yard. The tree was growing out of the ground (not potted).


On Jul 5, 2003, kakalina wrote:

Yesterday, I was given a Pineapple Guava bush as a birthday gift. I'm in southern California (U.S.) and my plant came without any instructions. I wonder if I could start it in a large pot on my patio.


On Jul 1, 2003, tsue42 from La Marque, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My next door neighbor has one of these, with beautiful blooms all over it. When I first saw it I was not sure what it was, but I was able to find out the name from one of my garden books.

I have not been able to locate one in my area. I have tried several nurseries in Galveston County, Texas (U.S.) to no avail. It is on my list of "Most Wanted" for my garden. The neighbor's tree is about 9 feet tall and just beautiful. However, I don't believe it brings him as much pleasure as it would if it was in my yard. Maybe I could steal it during the night! (ha ha)


On Jun 30, 2003, plantrat wrote:

This has to be my all-time favorite fruit. I love it. My husband thinks I am mad.

I have found when the trees are mature they appreciate a good pruning in the winter and a good dose of fertilizer; this increases their yield significantly.

When living in New Zealand we had a place with about 20 mature trees. (I was in Feijoa heaven) Now in California we managed to track down a small tree and are trying to grow them again.


On Jun 5, 2003, solecurrent wrote:

What can I say about our Feijoa? We have lived here for fifteen years and when we got here the tree was a bush, already twenty or thirty years old, on the top side of a railway sleeper wall. It spread over the wall like a feral sphere to the lawn four feet below. With three years of judicial pruning it became a tree, multi-trunked because of the pressure of circumstance. It is now fifteen feet high and close to thirty feet wide. The flowers are red and white, upside-down fuchsia-like bloooms, and bloom in the same season. (I take great pleasure in planting Fuchsias below it to impress my guests with those facts!)

Our marsupial possums love the fruit almost as much as we do, as does one of the world's most beautiful, if noisy birds, the banded lorikeet. The fruit have a trop... read more


On Feb 26, 2003, Jenniferch from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Our tree was planted as a 1-gallon baby 14 years ago. It's now about 15 feet tall, and is the focal point of my front garden. It needs very little care. It's somewhat drought-tolerant (doesn't need moist soil here), no pruning except to shape, the red flowers are beautiful, the fruit falls when ripe and isn't damaged after falling.

The fruit is delicious and very healthful. You can chose either a single trunk or multi-trunked shape. Bees and birds love this tree.


On Feb 25, 2003, AndreasUA wrote:

Pineapple Guava is a small tree or shrub with ornamental red flowers. The edible fruit is green with white pulp. It can be found growing in Southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, and is cultivated in other subtropical areas and Andean highlands.

The pulp is eaten fresh or used in juices, sherbets ice-creams, candies, and liquors. I am growing several seedlings indoors as houseplant.


On May 11, 2002, Lilith from Durham,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Acca (syn. Feijoa) is a genus of evergreen shrubs grown for their unusual flowers and edible fruits produced in warm climates. they are tender, but frost hardy.

Pineapple Guava is a shrub with grey-green leaves for a hot, sunny situation. Flowers with purple-red petals and crimson stamens are carried in midsummer. Fruits follow in the autumn.