Acca sellowiana – Myrtaceae (Central America)
(= Feijoa sellowiana)
Habit: A bushy shrub or small tree, 2-6 m tall, 1-2 m wide, branching just above the ground, spreading, slow-growing.
Flowers: White flowers, petals with red tips, waxy, bent back, up to 4 cm wide; dark red in heavy clusters, needle-like stamen extended far out; early summer to winter.
Fruit: Pear-shape, plum-like berries; green to red, refreshing, spicy and tart, tasting like guava and pineapple.
Leaves: Evergreen, almost succulent, thick, ovoid, leathery, up to 8 cm long, 4 cm wide, shiny dark green on top, white tomentose underneath.
Demands: Full sun, sensitive to frost, cold house, very tolerant of droughts between growth phases, considered the most frost hardy subtropical fruit.
Natural habitat: Humic, loose, well drained soil, tolerant of salt.
Our tip: Prune regularly; otherwise the plant thins out at the base. Also grow decoratively on trellises.
Hardiness: Zone 9