Blooming Pineapple Guava

We have three Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana) along our back fence.  We planted them as an evergreen screen and are looking forward to the day they reach 15 feet in maturity.  They were 2.5 feet tall when we planted them three years ago, currently they are 6 feet. The growth is moderate but considerably faster than the Mountain Laurel.  Ours had its first blooms the second week of April and we are enjoying the tropical look of each pail pink blossom bursting with blood orange stamen topped with lemon yellow pollen.

In 2010 we had 4 days in a row when the temperatures remained below freezing and the Pineapple Guava thinned out but it put out a lot of new growth in the spring.  The summer of 2011 was extremely detrimental to most plants and many trees with record breaking highs, including 90 consecutive days over 100 degrees. There was a drought that reeked havoc on 100 year old oaks and Austin’s rainfall was half that of previous averages.  Our three came through unscathed.  That said, they are drought tolerant and I’d go so far as to call them Texas hardy.

They can be groomed to look more like a specimen tree.

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