Pineapple Guava, great shrub for your edible landscape

Pineapple guava is an edible evergreen shrub. The shrub itself isn’t edible, but the fruit and flowers are. It’s a really neat, something unique that I haven’t seen in a lot of landscapes. It was named the Florida Garden Select plant in 2009 by the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, so you know it has to be good.

We were looking for something that was relatively low maintenance and hardy, the pineapple guava fit the bill.

Some things to know about pineapple guava..

  • Common name – feijoa
  • Grows well in our climate zone
  • Can be planted in almost any soil, but prefers slightly acidic like blueberries
  • Can be pruned into a dense hedge or small tree
  • Withstands full sun
  • Drought tolerant (but you need water to get good fruit production)
  • Blooms in late spring and fruit ripens in the fall
  • Fruit is sweet with a tang to it, can be eaten fresh or used to make preserves or jam

We purchased two of these from Trad’s Garden Center. They were pretty inexpensive, under $20 each if I remember correctly.

Planted about 3 or 4 weeks ago at the front of the house on either side of one of the pear trees where they’ll get plenty of southern exposure. This picture was from we first planted it, there is already a lot of new growth forming. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the fruit tastes like.

 

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Pineapple guava

Pineapple guava flower

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