The guavasteen is a fruit tree that also serves as an attractive garden shrub. Though traditionally its Latin name has Feijoa sellowiana, recently it was changed to Acca sellowiana.
The feijoa tree is a busy evergreen shrub or small tree, typically 3-20 feet high and 15 feet wide. The tree grows best in climates with mild summers and requires cool winters in order to bear fruit. The tree is renowned for its stunning flowers, which are purplish-red on the outside and white on the inside. It has prominent stamen that are bright red.
The feijoa fruit has dull green skin whose texture ranges from smooth to rough and pebbly. Its shape can be anywhere between round to pear-shaped and is usually the size of a chicken's egg. The feijoa fruit is sweet and said to resemble a combination of pineapple, guava, and strawberry with minty overtones. The fruit is especially noticeable due to its strong, persisting fragrance.