We love our hardy exotics at Big Plant Nursery and Feijoa sellowiana is a favourite.
Native to Southern America and otherwise known as the ‘Pineapple Guava’, Feijoa sellowiana will form a wonderful evergreen tree-like shrub. The ovate leaves are deep green with silvery undersides.
During late spring – summer outrageous, exotic-looking flowers form with fleshy white and red petals. The bright red stamens are the star of the show and stand proud of the petals. In a particularly hot summer you may be fortunate enough to see round, greeny-pink fruit appearing after the flowers. The fruits can reach up to 3 inches and when ripe contain a juicy pulp which is deliciously sweet and tastes of a mixture of pineapple and mint. The flowers are also edible – being particularly useful in drinks such as Pimms – the sepals are really sweet and taste delicious.
Feijoa sellowiana requires free-draining soil and a warm, bright position in full sun – be careful not to over-water. Minimal maintenance is required however Feijoa will respond well to being pruned or shaped if required.