Plant ID forum: I'm in love! But with what?

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 17, 2013 11:35 AM CST
Blooming now in zone 8, north central Fl. in full sun.






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So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
May 17, 2013 11:47 AM CST
I believe it is pineapple guava. here is a link:

Pineapple Guava (Acca sellowiana)

I had one for 20+ years at my previous home (tree) and the neighbor had theirs trimmed like a hedge. It really is a lovely plant (and makes a good jelly, too).
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 17, 2013 11:55 AM CST
Thank you very much! It was rattling around in my memory from quite some years ago --- 25 or more. I did tell my hubs ---- Guava? of some kind? And then I was thinking of the name Feijoa but could not get it to meld in my mind. All I could remember was that J that sounds like an H.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
May 17, 2013 1:00 PM CST
Funny you should mention Feijoa. That's what we all called it 40 or 50 years ago. I actually was surprised to see it classified as Acca as it was still feijoa to me nodding
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
May 17, 2013 1:14 PM CST
We lived in the Tallahassee area 25/30 years ago & I was secretary for a landscaper. He used Feijoa all the time & called it Feijoa. Botanical names change all the time --- sometimes I think just to mess us up. Hilarious!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



So Cal (Zone 10b)
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OldGardener
May 17, 2013 1:19 PM CST
I am glad to hear that its not just me or the area I lived in (So Cal). I have this vague memory of Sunset referring to it as Feijoa, too, back in one of their garden books in the 60's or 70"s?? (ooh, just typing that makes me sound sooooo old Rolling on the floor laughing ).
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
May 17, 2013 1:21 PM CST
Huh...well, it's still feijoa to me also...I hate it when they rename things.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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OldGardener
May 17, 2013 1:35 PM CST
I just checked in the current Sunset National Guide and they list it as Feijoa sellowiana with an aka of Pineapple Guava and, alternatively, Acca sellowiana - but they have no listing for the Acca. Also, unlike the db entry listing here that shows height to be 8-10', the Sunset Guide lists it as 18-25' tall and wide (which is what I remember it to be when grown as a tree). So, it will remain Feijoa to me nodding
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." -Abraham Lincoln
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
May 17, 2013 2:18 PM CST
The one I had at the last property was quite old and about 10' tall....shrub-like. I usually can't tell how large something will get here unless it's mentioned in Sunset because some things will get twice the size here as elsewhere.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."

freddy0808
May 22, 2013 11:15 AM CST
The fruit is great, and the flowers are edible, too!

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