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Acca sellowiana - (O.Berg.)Burret.                
                 
Common Name Feijoa, Guava, Pineapple
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Tropical and sub-tropical highlands below 1,000 metres.
Range S. America - Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       
Bloom Color: Red, White. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Rounded, Spreading or Horizontal, Upright or erect.

Physical Characteristics       
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Acca sellowiana is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower in July, and the seeds ripen from Oct to January. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms
Acca sellowiana. Orthostemon sellowianus.
Acca sellowiana Feijoa, Guava, Pineapple


(c) ken Fern, Plants For A Future 2010
Acca sellowiana Feijoa, Guava, Pineapple
(c) ken Fern, Plants For A Future 2010
   
Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Hedge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[3, 11, 183]. A delicious aromatic taste, somewhat like a cross between a pineapple and a strawberry[183]. The fruit is best eaten raw but it can also be made into pies, cakes, puddings, jams, jellies etc[183]. Fruits can suffer damage from autumn frosts, though the flavour develops better at low temperatures[200]. The fruit is up to 7.5cm long[200]. Flowers - raw[3, 160, 166]. The petals are sweet, crisp and delicious, they taste more like a fruit than many fruits[K]. They should be harvested just after they begin to soften[183] (not sure that I agree with this last sentence[K])
Medicinal Uses
Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.



None known
Other Uses
Hedge;  Hedge.

Although not very cold hardy in Britain, it resists maritime exposure and can be grown as a shelter hedge in mild maritime areas[200, K].
Cultivation details                                         
Landscape Uses:Pest tolerant, Hedge, Massing, Screen, Standard, Seashore. Prefers a light loamy well-drained soil[11, 200], requiring a warm sunny position[182]. Prefers light shade[202]. Succeeds in any reasonably good soil, even chalk[1, 182]. Dislikes extreme alkalinity[202]. Tolerates drought and salt winds[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is only hardy in the milder areas of Britain. It grows very well on a west-facing wall at Kew where it often produces fruits, though these do not always ripen[K]. A very good crop of fruit was produced on this plant after the cool summer of 1998, these were not quite ripe at the end of October, but they ripened in storage[K]. Plants have also succeeded in Norfolk and in Scotland when grown against a sunny wall, though some extra protection might be required in very cold winters[219]. Succeeds as a free-standing shrub in Cornwall[1, 59]. Tolerates temperatures down to between -12 and -15°c[184] when the plant is fully dormant[200]. Occasionally, and more frequently, being cultivated for its edible fruit in sub-tropical zones[3, 61], there are some named varieties[183]. 'Apollo' and 'Mammoth' are cultivars noted for their fruiting propensity[182]. 'Smith' fruits well in the Pacific Northwest and so might be suitable for the mild areas of Britain[183, K]. Fruits only ripen outdoors in Britain in hot summers[3]. Plants rarely set fruit in Britain, perhaps they are self-sterile[11]. Some cultivars are self-fertile whilst others require cross-pollination[183]. Special Features:Not North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms.
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Rinse the seed before sowing to ensure there is no fruit flesh remaining since this can inhibit germination. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 15°c[3]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Slow to root[K], but you eventually get a good percentage take[78].
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Gaylussacia baccataBlack Huckleberry41
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Author                                         
(O.Berg.)Burret.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
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Readers comment                                         
 
Elizabeth H.
Prince Amdo Wed Mar 20 13:53:47 2002
Link: set our tribal forests free landreform/tribal forests/permaculture
Elizabeth H.
Ivan Viehoff Wed Mar 12 15:14:58 2003
See attached link which gives the self fertility/sterility of different cultivars. Hand pollination may be required.

Link: California Rare Fruit Growers Fact sheet on Feijoa varieties

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