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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Fruit - raw or cooked[1][2][3]. A delicious aromatic taste, somewhat like a cross between a pineapple and a strawberry[3]. The fruit is best eaten raw but it can also be made into pies, cakes, puddings, jams, jellies etc[3]. Fruits can suffer damage from autumn frosts, though the flavour develops better at low temperatures[4]. The fruit is up to 7.5cm long[4]. Flowers - raw[1][5][6]. The petals are sweet, crisp and delicious, they taste more like a fruit than many fruits[K]. They should be harvested just after they begin to soften[3] (not sure that I agree with this last sentence[K])

Flowers

Fruit

Material uses

Although not very cold hardy in Britain, it resists maritime exposure and can be grown as a shelter hedge in mild maritime areas[200, K].
There are no material uses listed for Acca sellowiana.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Acca sellowiana.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Hedge

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Rinse the seed before sowing to ensure there is no fruit flesh remaining since this can inhibit germination. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 6 weeks at 15°c[1]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. Grow on for at least the first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 7 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Slow to root[K], but you eventually get a good percentage take[7].

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Cultivation

Prefers a light loamy well-drained soil[2][4], requiring a warm sunny position[8]. Prefers light shade[9]. Succeeds in any reasonably good soil, even chalk[10][8]. Dislikes extreme alkalinity[9]. Tolerates drought and salt winds[4].

A very ornamental plant[10], it is only hardy in the milder areas of Britain. It grows very well on a west-facing wall at Kew where it often produces fruits, though these do not always ripen[K]. A very good crop of fruit was produced on this plant after the cool summer of 1998, these were not quite ripe at the end of October, but they ripened in storage[K]. Plants have also succeeded in Norfolk and in Scotland when grown against a sunny wall, though some extra protection might be required in very cold winters[11]. Succeeds as a free-standing shrub in Cornwall[10][12]. Tolerates temperatures down to between -12 and -15°c[13] when the plant is fully dormant[4]. Occasionally, and more frequently, being cultivated for its edible fruit in sub-tropical zones[1][14], there are some named varieties[3]. 'Apollo' and 'Mammoth' are cultivars noted for their fruiting propensity[8]. 'Smith' fruits well in the Pacific Northwest and so might be suitable for the mild areas of Britain[183, K].

Fruits only ripen outdoors in Britain in hot summers[1]. Plants rarely set fruit in Britain, perhaps they are self-sterile[2]. Some cultivars are self-fertile whilst others require cross-pollination[3].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Acca sellowiana. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Acca sellowiana.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

This table shows all the data stored for this plant.

Taxonomy
Binomial name
Acca sellowiana
Genus
Acca
Family
Myrtaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
  • Strong wind
  • Maritime exposure
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
3 x 3 meters
Fertility
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

  1. ? 1.01.11.21.31.41.5 Simmons. A. E. Growing Unusual Fruit. David and Charles ISBN 0-7153-5531-7 (1972-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.22.32.4 Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  3. ? 3.03.13.23.33.43.53.6 Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.14.24.34.44.54.6 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  5. ? 5.05.1 Natural Food Institute, Wonder Crops. 1987. ()
  6. ? 6.06.1 Taylor. J. The Milder Garden. Dent (1990-00-00)
  7. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.18.2 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
  9. ? 9.09.1 Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. Viking. ISBN 0-670-82929-3 (1990-00-00)
  10. ? 10.010.110.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  11. ? Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls Collins ISBN 0-00-219220-0 (1983-00-00)
  12. ? Thurston. Trees and Shrubs in Cornwall. ()
  13. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  14. ? Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)

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