Pineapple guava fruit trees have showy flowers in the spring, followed by fruit in the late fall to early winter. They are slow-growing plants that can be grown as a shrub or a small tree.
Pineapple guavas grow 15 feet tall and wide but are easy to maintain as smaller shrubs. Glossy green leaves with silvery undersides reflect light when the wind blows. Pale pink flowers with bright red stamens bloom in May, followed by green, egg-shaped fruits.
Pineapple guavas are excellent plants for hedges, screens or windbreaks. They can also be grown as a specimen plant in the landscape or as part of a fruit orchard.
Uses of Fruits and Flowers
Some say pineapple guavas taste like guavas and pineapples mixed; others claim it tastes like strawberries and pineapples mixed. The fruit can be eaten fresh, or used to make jelly or dried fruit strips. The fleshy flowers of pineapple guavas are also edible and have a sweet taste.
Pineapple guavas are hardy in zones 8 to 10 and can withstand cold temperatures as low as 15 degrees. They grow in full sun or partial shade, although shade may cause a decrease in fruit production. They need well-drained soil with and regular watering.
Pineapple guavas are a food source for bees and birds, which are needed for the pollination of fruits and the spread of seeds. Some types of bees also make honey. In addition, pineapple guava trees are drough- and salt-tolerant.
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Melody Lee began working as a reporter and copywriter for the "Jasper News" in 2004 and was promoted to editor in 2005. She also edits magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design, is a Florida Master Gardener, and has more than 25 years of gardening experience.