Feijoa sellowiana, commonly known as Pineapple guava or Feijoa, is a versatile and attractive evergreen shrub, prized for both its ornamental and edible qualities.
Originating from South America, this plant typically reaches a height of 1-3 metres, offering a dense and bushy appearance.
Its leaves are distinctive, with a glossy green upper surface and a silvery underside, adding a unique textural element to gardens.
During spring, Feijoa blooms with striking flowers, characterised by their fleshy petals which are white with a burst of crimson stamens, which are visually appealing.
Following the flowers, the plant bears oval-shaped fruit, approximately 3-7 cm in length, renowned for their deliciously sweet and tangy taste, reminiscent of pineapple and guava.
The fruit’s skin is thin and green, encasing a juicy, jelly-like flesh.
Preferring well-drained soils and a sunny position, Feijoa sellowiana is relatively hardy but may require some protection from severe frost.
In the British Isles, Feijoa sellowiana is more commonly grown in the milder regions, such as the south-west of England, parts of Wales, and coastal areas of Ireland and Scotland, where the climate is more conducive to its growth.
It’s less common in areas with harsher winters, as prolonged freezing temperatures can damage the plant.