|Description||Versatile, and easy to grow with an upright branching form, edible flowers, and tropical fruit! Fleshy white flower petals have showy red accents, contrasting nicely with the gray-green foliage. Tasty guava-like fruit ripens in late fall. Easily trained as espalier, a hedge, or a small specimen tree for landscape or container. Monrovia Pineapple Guava are grown from seed and are thus not a particular cultivar. Though mildly self-fertile, a second plant is recommended for better fruit set. Evergreen.|
|Watering||Once established, water deeply when dry.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; reaches 10 to 15 ft. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Container, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen|
|Design Ideas||Evokes either a Mediterranean or tropical character in gardens. The coloring of this foliage complements western natives that have very pale, gray or hairy foliage. Plant as a background or specimen for the flowers. In warm climates use as a fruit tree in orchards. Excellent screen or single specimen plant.|
|Companion Plants||Fig (Ficus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)|
|Care||Grows easily in average to rich, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Feed with a slow-release fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Provide a second plant for best pollination. Can be pollinated by hand to increase fruit set.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10
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