Feijoa variety favourites

A wide range of feijoas are available. Some varieties are self-fertile, but even self-fertile varieties will produce heavier and more regular crops if they are pollinated by other varieties. Plant at least two different varieties to extend your season and ensure a better harvest.

FEIJOA VARIETIES

Anatoki

An early season variety with lush dark green leaves on a very attractive plant. It produces exceptionally sweet round fruit. Needs a pollinator. The tree is quite vigorous, with large deep green foliage.

Apollo

A vigorous and productive variety that produces a medium to large oval fruit with smooth, thin, light green skin. Ripens mid to late season. Flavour very pleasant, quality excellent. This is an upright, spreading tree that will grow up to 2.5 metres tall. Semi self-fertile.

Bambina

A relatively new dwarf variety, with thin edible skin surrounding sweet aromatic pulp bursting with flavour. Bambina is a good choice when planting in a pot. Self-fertile.

Kaiteri

Kaiteri is a quick-growing feijoa that produces an early crop of large, super sweet fruit. Needs a pollinator. The tree is reasonably vigorous, upright with large rounded leaves.

Kakariki

Named after the Maori word for the colour green, this very early season variety produces sweet large fruit. Needs a pollinator.

Mammoth

Produces large, soft, round to oval fruit, with thick, somewhat wrinkled skin. The flesh is slightly gritty, and the quality and flavour are very good. A strong growing tree of upright habit, it will grow up to 3 metres tall. Bears larger fruit with a pollinator (Triumph is a good option).

Triumph

Produces medium to large sized oval fruits with firm skin, juicy and moderately soft flesh and an excellent sharp flavour. Flesh somewhat gritty but with good seed-to-pulp ratio. Ripens late in the season. Good pollinator for Mammoth. Needs a pollinator.

Unique

An early season, prolific bearer of fruit from a young age. This variety produces medium sized fruit with smooth, soft, and juicy flesh. A truly self-fertile variety.

Wiki™ Tu

Producing huge fruit on a dwarf growing (2.5m), Wiki™ Tu is an easily managed, slow growing tree. The sweet and meaty fruit has a firm texture and good keeping qualities. A mid-late season fruiting variety, it is partially self fertile, though is best with another variety nearby for cross pollination.

Opal Star

A late season variety with smooth dark skin and a lovely rich and aromatic flavour. Opal Star is a compact, slow growing plant that has bushy habit making it an ideal variety for home gardens, especially for hedging. 

Top Tips

  • Later ripening varieties include Opal Star, Wiki™ Tu and Triumph.
  • For hedging Anatoki, Apollo, Kaiteri, Kakariki, Mammoth, Triumph and Unique are all great options. We would suggest planting a mixture of varieties to provide cross pollination with each other, and to spread the harvest season with early, mid and late ripening varieties.
  • If you're looking for a smaller tree, Wiki Tu is a great smaller growing tree (with big fruit), however any variety can be pruned hard to keep the size constrained.

Find out how to grow your own feijoas here!

Photo credit - feijoa variety images: Waimea Nurseries.

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Feijoa variety favourites Comments

  • Yum! I LOVE this fruit .. would like to win a tree

    Gaye-Eleanor Waide

  • Hi. This tui email is always full of information and tips. I get most of my info from this email. I watch Tony on Kiwi Living also. Thank you for all the help you give.

    Wendy McKay

  • Unique would be lovely in our garden

    Karen Winterson

  • When you say needs a cross pollinater does that mean you need to plant another variety nearby? Regards Kate

    Kate Franchj

  • Hi Kate, thanks for your message. Yes that is correct for feijoa trees that aren't self-fertile. Even self-fertile varieties will produce heavier and more regular crops if they are pollinated by other varieties. Plant at least two varieties to extend your season and ensure a better harvest. Thanks, Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Hi Wendy, thanks for your message. That's fantastic to hear, we are glad we are helping you in your garden! Thanks for your feedback. Jenna - Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Do feijoa trees need pruning each year and do they fruit on the new growth only.

    MAUREEN TEMPERO

  • Hi Maureen, a light trimming in autumn after fruit is harvested will encourage new growth and increase yields the following year. Thinning the plant also permits easier harvesting and allows bird pollination, wind movement and sunlight in for fruit ripening. Thanks - Tui Team.

    jenna

  • I grew one Feijoa Unique in Wellington, and the fruit was superb - fleshy and sweet. Left it behind when we moved 18 months ago, but looking to buy another. Dot

    Dot and Ted Piner

  • What age do feijoas fruit?

    Craig

  • Hi, Can you please tell me if any of these varieties are better for hedges than the others? Many thanks

    Veronica

  • Hi Veronica, for hedging we suggest avoiding Bambina unless you want a tiny hedge as it is very small growing. Anatoki, Apollo, Kaiteri, Kakariki, Mammoth, Triumph and Unique are all great for hedging. We would suggest planting a mixture of varieties to provide cross pollination with each other, and to spread the harvest season with early, mid and late ripening varieties. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team

    jenna

  • We got a feijoa tree that is just starting to produce fruit ( about 6 feijoas last year ), it has some kind of green mold on most of the leaves, can you tell me how to treat this please ?

    Pete

  • I want to buy the seeds of these 8 varieties. where can i get them? Please let me know online shop.

    Jaehyung Lee

  • Hi Jaehyung, not sure if these varieties are available to buy in seeds, however they are available as trees from Waimea Nurseries - www.waimeanurseries.co.nz/ Thanks, Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Hi Pete, feijoa?s are hardy fruits, each season it is a good idea to prune out any excess growth to allow plenty of light and air into the centre of the plant, this will help prevent any sort of mould type growth. A spray with a fungicide will help also. Thanks, Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Thanks Tui i am looking at planting a Feijoa hedge to shelter my Citrus and other trees so very good information

    Steven Steger

  • Hi Steven, thanks for your feedback. We are pleased our information has been helpful for your next garden planting task. We hope you enjoy homegrown fejioas in the seasons to come. Kind regards, Tui Team

    jenna

  • I have four trees (2 kakariki, 2 of another type) in one area, but they are all early season. If i was to want a longer season, what tree would I go for. If i were to go for a single tree, how close does it need to be to these others to get pollinated?

    Bron

  • For cross -pollination does it have to be two different varieties to be successful or two varieties the same ok ? We got two bushes and they are quite young and just starting to fruit. Unsure now what types they are, many thanks for your great info on the Fejoa

    Pete

  • Hi Pete, thanks for getting in touch and for your feedback. It?s best to plant at least two different varieties to cross pollinate, plus these varieties can be selected so that the harvest season is spread (i.e. one early, one mid and one late variety). The flowering times will overlap even though the fruiting times are different. Check out the article here for more information: www.tuigarden.co.nz/news/fantastic-feijoas-all-you-need-know Happy gardening from the Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Hi, what can i fertilise my dwarf feijoas with to assist the growth of the fruit

    Lance Saunders

  • Hi Lance, thank you for getting in touch. We would suggest Tui Novatec Premium fertiliser or Scotts Osmocote Fruit, Citrus, Trees & Shrubs. Find out more here: http://www.tuigarden.co.nz/products/type/fruit-veges-flowers All the best, Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Hi - can you give me some advice on smaller hedge varieties - i have room for 2 or 3 but don't want them over 2 metres

    Cherie Castle

  • Hi Cherie, Wiki Tu is a great smaller growing tree (with big fruit), however any variety can be pruned hard to keep the size constrained within the two metres. Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Bron, later ripening varieties including Opal Star, Wiki Tu and Triumph. The tree needs to be planted within around 15 metres, with a reasonably direct flight line (i.e. not tucked away around the corner of the house) as the birds need to be able to easily move between the trees ? as they transfer the pollen between flowers on their beaks and chests! Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • I have planted 4 feijoa trees three years ago. None of them have flowered or produced fruit. Could someome tell me why

    Justine

  • Hi Justine, feijoa trees generally take approximately two years to first fruit. As you have four trees pollination shouldn't be an issue. Poor tree health is a possible cause, feijoa trees should be fed regularly from spring to after harvest to ensure a healthy tree and bumper harvest. Use Scotts Osmocote Fruit, Citrus, Trees & Shrubs or Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser for best results. Adding Sulphate of Potash in early-mid spring will also promote flowering. All the best, Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Hi, will any of these varieties grow in the tropics, average temperature 25 degrees Celsius? Thanks.

    Minoru

  • Hi Minoru, feijoas need chilling so they may struggle in tropic temperatures where you live. In winter you could try putting ice around the base of the tree (drip line) as this may trick the plants into thinking is has a winter - we haven't tried this ourselves but have heard of it being done with other plants. You would also need to mulch around your trees to keep roots moist, and feed with a citrus fertiliser. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi, Jenna, I want to know giant feijoa varieties and the retailers for selling them. please let me know about that.

    Jaehyung Lee

  • Hi Craig, you can expect feijoas to fruit once the plants are 3 years old, sometimes they may not until they are a year or two older. If you are buying new feijoa plants, get the bigger ones as they are likely to be a year or two older than the smaller ones. A side dressing of fruit fertiliser in spring and autumn will help with the fruit development. Thanks, Jenna - Tui Team.

    jenna

  • Hi Jaehyung, Kaiteri, Kakariki and Mammoth all produce large fruit. Check at your local garden centre for these varieties :) Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Please let me know where can i buy theses feijoa's seeds. here is korea. I want to buy seeds for various feijoas. If you know online store which is selling them, share me information.

    Jaehyung Lee

  • Hi, I have two trees (one Apollo, one Den's Choice). If i was to buy a early season one Kaiteri, can they transfer the pollen between flowers?

    Ally

  • Hi Ally, this is a great question, pollen can only be transferred if they are both in flower at the same time. Suggest you buy two Kaiteri plants to ensure a good fruit set. Enjoy! Thanks, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi there, i bought a bambino feijoa and was wondering if a square planter of 36cm x 36cm and 40 deep is sufficient. Thanks

    Susann

  • Hi Susann, while bambino is a dwarf feijoa, long term it will need a container twice if not three times that size. If the roots are restricted for long periods of time it limits the ability of the plant to fruit to its maximum potential. All the best, Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi! Can you send plant feijoa to Russia?

    Nick

  • Hi Nick, sorry we are unable to help as we aren't a plant/tree supplier, only a garden product supplier. Thanks ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Thank you so much for your reply, I share Justine's situation with non-flowering or fruiting trees. Based on your advice I will now feed my trees (poor things!).

    Nicole

  • Hi Nicole, you're welcome. We hope you enjoy the rewards of healthy nourished trees :) ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • I am renting in Titahi Bay so would like to plant some in halved 200 litre drums. Which 2 would you suggest please? And a third choice in case? Thanks.

    Amanda

  • Hi Amanda, great idea to plant some feijoa trees in your garden. They can be grown in containers and Bambina (dwarf variety) is an especially good option for pots and containers. Also look at the varieties that make good cross pollinators with each other (there are some suggestions above) and also selecting varieties so that the harvest season is spread (i.e. one early, one mid and one late variety). Find out more here: http://www.tuigarden.co.nz/news/fantastic-feijoas-all-you-need-know Happy fejioa growing ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • I am wanting to grow a fejoa tree in a pot and I see that the Bambina variety is good for this, but is there any other variety that produces larger fruit you can recommend and that does not require a pollinator?

    Tracey

  • Hi - which Feijoa is best for Canterbury conditions - as we get lots of frost? I love Feijoa's :)

    Joanne Van Der Westhuizen

  • Hi Joanne, good idea to plant for your own feijoas. Anatoki, Kakariki, Kaiteri, Unique, Apollo and Pounamu are early varieties, so are best for the Southern regions. Find out more here: http://www.tuigarden.co.nz/news/fantastic-feijoas-all-you-need-know Happy planting, Jenna ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi. I have a feijoa that has grown through the bottom of a pot and become established in the wrong place. It's now around 2m high and getting quite bushy. Is it safe to move it? I don't want to lose it.

    Dianne

  • Hi there I've recently moved back to South Africa and am definitely going to miss feijoas! Could you please tell me where I can get the seeds to purchase? Thanks.

    Nuru Farrath

  • Hi Nuru, thanks for getting in touch. Feijoa trees are most commonly grown from a tree purchased from a garden centre here in New Zealand - you can't buy seeds for the trees as such. You would need to get a seed from a feijoa fruit to grow and it would take around 6-7 years to mature and fruit. Unfortunately feijoa trees aren't likely to be available in South Africa. Thanks ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Tracey, any variety of feijoa can be grown in a pot, as having restricted roots will help keep the growth contained. Unique is the only truly self fertile variety, and can be grown in a pot, producing medium sized fruit (bigger than Bambina, though not super sized like Kaiteri and Wiki Tu). Hope that helps, Jenna ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • My husband pruned our two trees last year more severely than I would have done. Is this the reason why they have no fruit this year? Having said this several friends in Northland where I live didn't prune and no fruit either. The trees are now about 20 yrs old Thanks Tui

    Liz Perales

  • Crabby apples are excellent cross pollinators.

    Tuttfrutti

  • Thanks for the tip!

    jenna

  • Thanks Jenna, much appreciated :-)

    Tracey Clode

  • Hi Dianne, feijoas are tough and will cope with being moved once they have finished fruiting. Trim the root off the bottom of the pot and at the same time, prune the foliage back by about 20% to compensate for the root loss. Ensure where you move it to either has fertile soil or add a side dressing of Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser. Apply Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic once moved and at least once a month for an overall health boost and to prevent transplant shock. All the best ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi Liz, excessive pruning could be the problem. The plant's fruit on branches that are more than two seasons old. However if others in your area are struggling to get successful fruiting it could be due to a mild winter, they do need some chilling to reliably fruit. Suggest giving your plants a side dressing of Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser now and avoid pruning this season. All the best ^Tui Team

    jenna

  • For cross pollination for a few trees I use a soft sable paint brush and do it by hand, Remember to buzz to complete the illusion ! Works for all fruit more or less. H

    Hugh Goldsmith

  • Hi Hugh, that's a great tip! Thank you for sharing. Happy gardening from the Tui Team

    jenna

  • Hi which varieties are best for frost prone areas of central Otago south island

    Dala

    • Hi Dala, the following varieties are all good for Southern regions: Anatoki, Kakariki, Kaiteri, Unique, Apollo and Pounamu. Happy planting ^Tui Team 

      Tui Team