SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA
Utility friendly tree.
This is a large multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with edible fruit. The fruit have an aromatic flavor with the grit of a pear. During late spring or summer, the succulent pink petals can be eaten without any loss of fruit set several months later. Pineapple guava can be pruned into a small tree or left to naturally form a large shrub good for screening and hedges. This species is relatively drought tolerant, but not salt tolerant and does poorly near the immediate coast. Acca sellowiana has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 5 (Evaluate).
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to South America.
Additional Common Names
PINEAPPLE GUAVA, FEIJOA
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 18 - 25 feet.
Width: 18 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Oval, Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Purple, Red or White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Gray or Mostly Green Berry, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter Edible.
Bark Light Green or Red Brown, Exfoliating or Scaly.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 7 - 9 and 12 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 8 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Root Rot.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium to Medium Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered High.
Fire Resistance is Favorable.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Attracts Bees, Squirrels, and Birds.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acca sellowiana Tree Record." 1995-2021. Apr 17, 2021.
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SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
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