The feijoa, or Pineapple Guava is native to extreme southern Brazil, northern Argentina, western Paraguay and Uruguay where it is common in the mountains. Is widely planted as a hedge, specimen or more ornately as an espalier specimen and can if unpruned can reach heights of 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide in as many years. Pineapple Guava is used for two distinctly different purposes: for its flowers and for its fruits. There are few landscape plants that can be used for both, but its brilliant flowers, bright pink and red reaching 1.5 inches in diameter generally astound passerbys. Its fruits are sweet and the taste resembles a cross between pineapple and guava. Fruits range in size from inch to 3 inches long and are soft and yellow when ripe. Another useful purpose for the Feijoa is that it is very tolerant of salt, though this decreases fruit yield and causes it to produce fewer flowers. The leaves are leathery, dark green on top and a pale gray on the underside. The plant is remarkably disease and insect resistant, which makes landscaped areas easier to maintain. There are known cultivars, but the variety Jenes Tropicals carries is used primarily in landscape for its flowers because they are so showy.