Acca sellowiana

Pineapple guava

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Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






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This is a South American shrub, and a good choice if you want something completely different because of its marvellous midsummer show of individual purple-red flowers with white edging. Growth is solid and bushy, with grey-green leaves. It isn't totally hardy, and needs the warmth of a sheltering wall with excellent drainage. It is also useful in coastal gardens because it tolerates salt, and can be grown as a protective hedge.

Family: Myrtaceae

Genus: Acca

Species: sellowiana

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 250cm

Flowering period: June to August

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When should I prune this plant?


royduke .. Here in NZ we prune after fruiting in the winter. They fruit in warm areas in late summer/early autumn. They fruit at around 3 years old if in a temperate zone.


Any advice, please? Mine is three years old and has not yet flowered?

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