Feijoa sellowiana (Acca sellowiana)
Description: A slow growing evergreen shrub with spoon shaped, grey-green leaves. Unusual flowers which look like a cross between aquilegia and fucshia in shape are produce in late summer. The striking, slightly fleshy flowers consist of crimson, pink and white petals with prominent, star-burst like, crimson stamens. The flowers are followed by edible, guava flavoured fruits. This plant is a real talking point. Drought tolerant once established and also tolerant of salt laden winds – so good in coastal areas.
Climate / Position: Sheltered site in full sun or partial shade.
Height / Spread: Height 4m after 20 years. Spread 3m after 20 years.
Soil Requirements: Will tolerate most soil types but does not like a soil that is too wet.
Pruning: No pruning is required, however light pruning does produce more leaf growth. If grown as a hedge the feijoa can be pruned hard but this will affect flowering.
Special Requirements: Does not like a waterlogged soil. Two plants are needed for fruit production.
Very popular in Europe. First introduced from South America by a French horticulturist, Edouard Andre in 1890. Originally the plant was tested in Andre’s garden for almost a decade and then was successfully planted along the French Riviera.