• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Acca sellowiana (F)

pineapple guava

pineapple guava

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  • Other common names pineapple guava

  • Family Myrtaceae

  • Genus Acca are evergreen shrubs with simple, rounded leaves and fleshy white and pink flowers

  • Details 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; occasionally produces edible, red-flushed green fruit

  • Plant range Brazil, Uruguay

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H3

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 10-20 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in light, well-drained soil in full sun in a sheltered site

Propagation Propagate by seed at 13-16°C (55-61°F) as soon as ripe. Propagate by Semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Mediterranean Climate Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning necessary but pruning group 8 to remove any winter damaged growth in late spring

Pests Usually pest free

Diseases Usually disease free

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