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Acca sellowiana or Pineapple Guava

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 an evergreen, perennial shrub. Acca sellowiana can grow to 7m or 23ft.

Acca sellowiana
Acca sellowiana

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 cold exposure in order 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
Acca sellowiana

Acca sellowiana has dark green oval foliage, it is hairy on the back. It flowers in the summer. The flowers have four red petals that are white on the outside. Grow it in moist and fertile soil that is also well-drained preferably in good light but not strong sun. No pruning is necessary unless for removing dead leaves or shaping. It is generally disease-free and pest-free.

Acca sellowiana
Acca sellowiana

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