What is this plant

Sherrie S
by Sherrie S
I just found this on a huge bush at my rental property. I want one for my yard but don't know what it is. It is covered with the flowers.
q what is this plant, flowers, gardening
  24 answers
  • Susan Susan on Apr 05, 2012
    Looks like Pineapple guava, its an ornamental. Will get about 5 to 6 feet tall, like a small tree, or will bush depending on how you trim it.

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Apr 05, 2012
    Susan, thank you so much. I looked it up & you are 100% correct.

  • Murals by Monti Murals by Monti on Apr 05, 2012
    This is so exotic. It looks like it would need a tropical environment to thrive.

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Apr 05, 2012
    Wow! This is gorgeous! Lucky you!

  • Sharon A Sharon A on Apr 05, 2012
    Don't know what it is, but it's awful pretty...looks almost artifical... leaves look alot like gardenia leaves, but the flowers done resemble anything I've seen living....

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Apr 05, 2012
    Sharon A, I cut off the flower & put it in a small vase to see if it would last an hour or so. As I look at it tonight it is still beautiful. I thought it looked artificial, too, but it isn't. Murals by Monti, it lasted through the coldest Florida weather & some of my cold hardy plants died because of the cold. We had a bad year. This plant is about 8' high and at least as wide.

  • CAROL H CAROL H on Apr 05, 2012
    Very pretty!

  • Sharon A Sharon A on Apr 06, 2012
    I have acouple of friends who are trying to find plants to garden with in FL...they're fairly new to living there, and have no idea what to grow other than Pointsettias, citrus, and catus type...they live in the Daytona and the Lakeland areas.

  • Ann S Ann S on Apr 06, 2012
    looks liks a gauve tree

  • Ann S Ann S on Apr 06, 2012
    i have one near my koi pond

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Apr 06, 2012
    Yes, definitely a pineapple guava, or Feijoa sellowiana. (It actually has been renamed Acca sellowiana but everyone seems to use the old name.) Very good large shrub or small tree for Florida and hardy into zone 8. It will take some salt spray as well so it's a very good choice for those on the coast. (Murals by Monti: it is widely grown in California as well.) I have one trained as a standard right off my back patio and hope it is soon blooming as beautifully as yours, Sherrie. The blossoms are edible and make a fanciful addition to a salad. The fruit is said to be tasty as well.

    • Mau5206089 Mau5206089 on Apr 12, 2016
      @Douglas Hunt you are so right. they are grown in zew zealand. like i said in my first comment, after flowering they bear fruit, absolutley yummy to eat.

  • Teresa D Teresa D on Apr 06, 2012
    That is one funky looking plant! I know I'd be wrong but I would guess some mad scientist spliced some seeds and created this in a laboratory.

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Apr 06, 2012
    Douglas, you & Susan are right. Teresa D, whadda ya mean mad scientist? That is one neat looking plant. You're jealous, right?

  • Teresa D Teresa D on Apr 06, 2012
    lol @Sherrie. It is pretty cool. It looks like it could devour insects though. *cue lightening flash and scary music*

  • Lindy Hall Lindy Hall on May 09, 2015
    I've seen quite a few of those here, though I never knew what they were... in one townhouse community, they were treated as hedges... mixed in with wax myrtle & boxwood.... clipped into a square shape... (Of course, those idiot landscapers were also clipping the GARDENIAS like that, too!)

  • Cathy Cathy on Aug 03, 2015
    Love it.

    • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Aug 08, 2015
      @Cathy Thank you. I love it, too although I haven't seen blooms this year.

  • Sandra Whittier Sandra Whittier on Aug 09, 2015
    My Mother was always so proud of her Bottle Brush Shrub (Callistemon citrinus). I had to look at it every time I visited her in San Antonio, Texas. (Zone 7)

  • Cinzia chiaramonte Cinzia chiaramonte on Aug 13, 2015
    It is feijoia

  • DeAnn Padelo DeAnn Padelo on Nov 29, 2015
    It looks like a Bottle Brush to me. They are pretty common here in central Florida.

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    • Pam Pam on Mar 04, 2016
      @DeAnn Padelo Doesn't look like a bottle brush to me, This is what my bottle brush looks like

  • Mau5206089 Mau5206089 on Apr 12, 2016
    it is known as a fejoa tree. if u let it grow to it's full potential without clipping it back, it will fruit. the fruit are the same shape and colour of the leaves, and are absolutley sweet and gorgeous to eat. and the bee's love the flowers.

  • Sherrie S Sherrie S on Apr 12, 2016
    Maureenklomp I couldn't thank you here so I hope you see this post. Yes, that is the plant you described and I thank you. I will let part of it grow tall to see what it does.

  • Gina Gina on Jun 21, 2016
    The common name is pineapple guava. I have never seen one so huge. They are delicious, Open and scoop the fruit out.

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Aug 05, 2016
    It is very pretty and cannot blame you for wanting one in your yard too.

  • Betty Patricio Betty Patricio on Oct 26, 2016
    This is a feijoa. Very tasty fruit. Cut in half and eat out with a spoon. Can be used for preserves and cakes as well.