Acca sellowiana or formerly known as Feijoa sellowiana is commonly known as Feijoa, Pineapple Guava, Brazilian Guava, Fig Guava, or Guavasteen, but it is not a true Guava.
It is from the Myrtaceae or the Myrtle family of plants and it is native to Brazil, Paraguay, northern Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay. Acca sellowiana is a perennial shrub. It is evergreen. Acca sellowiana can grow to 7m or 23ft.
The former name Feijoa sellowiana was named after a Portuguese naturalist, João da Silva Feijó (1760-1824) and the German botanist Friedrich Sellow (1789–1831).
Acca sellowiana is a subtropical plant. It requires at least 50 hours of cold exposure to bear fruit. If it is grown from seed it becomes frost tolerant. But it will be a slow grower in the beginning.
Feijoa is cultivated for its fruit which is consumed around the world. Since the fruit is rather easy to bruise, it is usually locally cultivated so it does not have to travel. Interestingly, the fruit does not change color as it ripens or even when it rots. Usually, the fruit is at its ripe when it falls of the tree and needs to be consumed right away. Acca sellowiana petals are also edible.
Acca sellowiana has dark green oval foliage. It is hairy on the back. It flowers in the summer. The flowers have four red petals. They are white on the outside.
Grow it in good light, but not under the strong sun. Plant it in moist and fertile soil that is also well-drained. No pruning is necessary. Remove dead leaves or shape the plant. It is generally disease-free and pest-free.