Feijoas-Pineapple guavas as a hedge

gatorguy1885(8b)July 26, 2012

Anyone using these as a hedge? Any pics or advice would be appreciated.

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larry_gene

Not a particularly densely-foliaged plant, although you can pinch and prune to create more density. Select young plants with tight, acutely angled branches if you want a hedge. Some varieties tend to sprawl.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2012 at 11:25PM
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johnmerr(11)

You can grow Feijoa in the parking lot; i.e. it is amenable to almost any format...hedge, espalier, even topiary. The more you prune it, the more it grows... My question would be,,,why bother with Feijoa??

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 1:28AM
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melikeeatplants

Because it's an evergreen subtropical that is well suited for 8b where most other subtropicals would fail

Because of the unique leaves and beautiful flowers it produces (with sweet tasting edible petals)

Because it gives fruit later in the season when most other things are done

Because they taste real good

Reason enough IMO

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 10:38AM
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econ0003(10a CA / 8b CA)

My next door neighbor did a hedge row of pineapple guava on our property line. Her side is not pruned while my side gets pruned as branches grow too far into my yard. Here is what they look like after about 3 years in the ground.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 5:03PM
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larry_gene

As the pictures show, the plants are rangy and not as dense as most hedging material. If you have room to let the plants get large-ish, they work. They do bloom on new and old wood, so some pruning does not eliminate next year's bloom totally. Feijoas need summer water to look their best, if you are in a hot dry summer area such as Portland.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 12:04AM
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carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

There are some smaller-leaved varieties which are used for clipped hedges. But for best fruit quality, you should get named varieties. Small-leaved varieties may be useful to pollenize plants intended for fruit.

Sometimes plants offered for landscaping use are seedlings.

Here is a link that might be useful: Feijoa fruit facts

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 10:56AM
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Bradybb(wa8)

I just searched Yahoo images with "Pineapple guavas as a hedge" and found a number of hedges shown. Brady

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 3:09PM
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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

FYI, should you change your mind in the future about like them for a hedge, they make some serious trunks that are a real challenge to dig out.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:15PM
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