Tasty Tropical Flowers and Fruit
Her garden in sunny Southern California is unabashedly romantic, with walls lined with bougainvillea and fragrant beds filled with lavender, roses and sage. But over in that corner...what is that?
It is a large bush, or maybe a small tree. The foliage is a typical Mediterranean gray-green, but it is covered in exotic flowers. They are strikingly white and red and each petal is fleshy like a succulent.
She beckons you over to the bistro table she has laid out with loaves of bread, jars of honey, teas and a basket of small fruit that you have never seen before. She slices one and hands you a piece. It is highly scented and tropically flavored, but you can't quite put your finger on it.
"What is it?" you ask.
She smiles. She flirts as well as her garden does.
Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) is a versatile, easy to grow semi-tropical for zones 8-10 that is neither pineapple nor guava, but it is a showy plant with beautiful flowers (they are tasty on their own!), and sweet guava-like fruit. It can be trained as an espalier, a hedge or a lovely container plant. It is an excellent screen or specimen plant.
Make your garden as romantic as hers. Buy your Pineapple Guava from us today!
- Beautiful Evergreen in Zones 8-10 (Good Patio Container Plant Everywhere Else)
- Beautiful Edible Flowers and Fruit
- Drought Tolerant
Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with NatureHills.com and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.
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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep.
Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.*If you have found your zone already, the table above will highlight your zone.
At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.
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Useful and Delicious
A most unique variety of fruit and a valuable ornamental, the Feijoa sellowiana or Pineapple Guava as it is commonly known, has enjoyed an appreciation throughout the world for over 100 years.
A native to the extreme southern portion of Brazil and northern Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, the Feijoa grows wild in the mountain regions. The German botanist Otto Karl Berg first described the Feijoa sellowiana in 1859. The plant has been identified by two species names, Feijoa and Acca. These were combined in 1941, but few adapted the new species name Acca. It is still primarily referred to as Feijoa.
The plant has been shared throughout the world by renowned botanists and horticulturists since the mid to late 1800's. Arriving in Europe in the late 1860's, it was first grown by M. de Wette in Switzerland. The next reports are from the early 1890's, when renowned French botanist and horticulturist, Dr. Edouard Andre, brought air-layered plants from Brazil and planted them in his garden in France. The plants fruited in 1897.
More plantings for Feijoa continued during this time in Italy, France, Spain and arrived in New Zealand around the 1920's. There in New Zealand, the applicability of the Feijoa were explored and made popular. Today, Feijoa sellowiana fruit is a valuable export from this country.
In 1901, seedlings were planted by Dr. F. Franceschi of Santa Barbara California in Santa Barbara. During this time, Dr. Franceschi also acquired plants that he sent to southern Florida. Unfortunately, those plants may have been planted incorrectly as the fruit was reported to fall to the ground before ripening. However, the Feijoa was finally tested and planted in northern Florida, where it does well.
Pineapple Guava can be pruned to any size, which means it works well as a hedge. The gray foliage works as a great background in the garden, and the fast growth and dense evergreen habit make it a perfect screen plant.
Feijoa sellowiana is a low to moderate water user and is recognized by the California Department of Water Resources, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) list. Once established, it only requires occasional additional summer water. This plant is recommended for all drought tolerant and xeriscape landscapes.
Feijoa sellowiana is found on most fire-resistant landscape lists. In the landscape, it should be at least 10 feet from the house and never planted under taller trees. This plant is recommended for all defensible space plantings to support a fire-safe landscape.
Growing Zones 8-10
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Feijoa sellowiana|
|Mature Height||10 - 15 feet|
|Mature Spread||10 - 15 feet|
|Soil Type||Rich, Well Drained Soil|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||White, Red|
|Foliage Color||Gray Green|