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Taste the Tropics: Plant Pineapple Guava, a Shrub That's Gorgeous in the Garden and Gives You Piles of Fruit Too

Magazine article Sunset

Taste the Tropics: Plant Pineapple Guava, a Shrub That's Gorgeous in the Garden and Gives You Piles of Fruit Too

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GROW

Also known as Feijoa sellowiana, pineapple guava is native to South America. It has glossy leaves, spring flowers with delicious edible petals, and gray-green oval fruit that ripens 4 to 7 months after flowering.

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PLANT

GROW pineapple guava in Sunset climate zones 7-9, 12-14, Hi, and H2. 'Apollo, 'Coolidge, 'Mammoth', 'Nazemetz, and 'Trask' are some of the best varieties for eating. Put plant in soil that gets full sun. Young trees may not produce much at their first harvest, but you'll get more and more as the years go on.

CARE

WATER pineapple guava regularly if you're growing it for the fruit (versus simply as a landscape evergreen; the plant itself is drought-tolerant). It can reach 18 to 25 feet tall and wide, but in late spring you can prune the plant to any size, as an espalier, a screen, a hedge, or a small tree.

HARVEST

SPREAD a tarp beneath the plant after the first fruit drops, and shake the plant. Gather the fruit that falls on the tarp; repeat every few days. When ripe, the fruit will yield slightly when pressed. …

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