Which is messier: arbutus or fejoia?

datura222February 27, 2013

I am slowly narrowing down different trees for our yard. We have a spot we would like a tree to go, but it might be a few feet away from a swimming pool when the canopy gets full grown.

One of the options the plant finder search from sunset recommended was fejoia.

Is it wishful thinking to put either an arbutus marina or a fejoia sellowiana? We have an arbutus out front and it doesn't seem to make too much of mess...a few strawberries here and there etc...it is such a beautiful tree, and would be my preference but it is a small tree right now...so maybe the lack of mess observation is inaccurate?

I have bambooo going closer to the pool and will not be planting any trees as close by as the bamboo is, but we still want an interesting tree for our backyard and we do have a pool cover.

Any opinions would be great!

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Sara Malone Zone 9b

The Feijoia drops a LOT of fruit - I have half a dozen, all planted in areas where I can just let it sit underneath on the mulch. I would not want one near a pool or over a patio or driveway. I have a friend across town who has the largest A.'Marina' I have ever seen planted next to her pool and she has never complained about it. I like the Feijoia very much but to my eye there is no comparison - the Arbutus 'Marina' makes a much more striking specimen. The bark alone is worth it!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 3:56PM
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tony469(modesto zone 9)

Personally a palm would be a better choice by a pool..arbutus and fejoia both produce flowers..fruit..and leaves dropping..but atleast not all fejoia produce fruit and the ones that do are tasty

    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 10:21PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance

We have sago palms by our pool, and you can not imagine the junk that they shed into the pool! Expensive trees, and we live with them. Seedless somethings would be better in my opinion. Palms have a way of spreading their kind all through your yard in places you never thought they would.


    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 4:14PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Palms are actually a great choice by a pool, just have to select the correct cultivar. Sagos are actually not palms, but in the Cycad family. I have a lovely Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) that drapes over my pool, and it is tidy, provides some nice shade, does not drop anything, and does not spread like other types of palms, such as the pesky Mexican Fan palm (Washingtonia robusta) will do. Other palm options are Majesty, Triangle and Foxtail palms. I would pick a palm that does not drop a lot of seeds (like the Queen palm, although lovely, and I have many in my yard, none near my pool). Segos are nice but they have leaves that end in a pretty sharp point, so not so pleasant rubbing up against or bumping into one while walking around the pool in your swimsuit.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 5:24PM
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