Thursday’s feature – Acca sellowiana

On a very wet Thursday I’m joining Cosmos and Cleome for her weekly meme looking at a particular plant in the garden that is looking good today.

I have three Acca sellowiana in the garden; the first one (is planted in what was the circular rose bed) is a standard although the trunk is hidden for most of the summer by the tall growing Gaura; there is another (bush) on the slope and the third is part of the new evergreen planting in front of the house.

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa, in the ex-circular rose bed

A. sellowiana is an evergreen shrub with grey-green leaves densely white-felted on the underside.  In summer, flowers with four red petals, white on the outside, appear in the leaf axils; The common name is Fejoa or Pineapple Guava.

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa - The flowers resemble the caper flower often seen growing on walls

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa – The flowers resemble the caper flowers often seen growing on walls

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa

I don’t think the it has ever had so many flowers, maybe this year there will be some fruit.

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa

Acca sellowiana, Fejoa

They form a good naturally rounded shape and mine have never needed pruning.

31 thoughts on “Thursday’s feature – Acca sellowiana

  1. I don’t remember seeing this up close before Christina. The flowers and buds are quite pretty and as a shrub for structure it is very impressive with its silvery foliage. Is the fruit a berry? Have you ever had fruit on it before?

  2. Christina this plant is beautiful. His silvery foliage and red flowers contrast in an incredible way. When it gets bigger will give its fruit guava. You wonders in your garden in every corner. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Do yours produce fruit, I imagine in your climate they do; they are on the limit of their hardiness here and the season is a little short for them, slightly further south and nearer the coast I’ve seen Fejoa with lots of fruit.

    • Fejoa is a great shrub for here, the foliage always looks good and it grows very neatly, once established it is quite drought tolerant but it needs to be kept and eye on if it is very hot and dry for a long time.

  3. I’ve seen these down south in the US, I’m surprised it is hardy enough for you since I’ve never seen them outside of frost-free locations.
    Hard to believe it’s never been pruned, the form is so neat!

    • They all seem to grow to a perfect shape. They are hardy in free draining soil but if it is very cold they could be damaged, but so far have regrown any damaged branches.

  4. Beautiful shrub, and the vast amount of flowers on yours is impressive! I was elated to find the flowers edible, and tasting just like pineapples. So cool! 🙂

  5. So Feijoa has changed its name. Still, Acca is easier to spell. Not so many vowels. I have one of these in a pot. I hope I will get these lovely flowers. And fruit too, how lovely.

  6. Even the flowers are delicious. We were invited to taste when we toured a garden with these growing. I will be happy if my one specimen ever approaches looking as good as yours.

  7. How wonderful that you have so many flowers this year. Your plant is looking so very healthy (wish I could grow it!). I’d say your soil suits it perfectly.

      • Very interesting Christina – you know every time I look at my small potted olive, I think of the lovely pictures you posted of your old trees earlier this year.

        • My olives aren’t old Cathy, they predate our purchase of of the property but are only about 30 years old or so. Olives grow very quickly but can live for millennia. They are unusual in that way, usually trees that love for a long time are very slow growing.

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