Cultivars

And I thought they were just feijoas! These are varieties I am aware of but have yet to obtain any further information on: Barton, Bliss, Candy, Chapman, Dens Choice, Golden Goose, Gracie, Hirschvogel, Large Oval, Marion, Ramsey, Snow Goose, White Delight, White Goose.

Anatoki
Good sized, smooth fruit with sweet, mild flavour. Compact habit. Appears to mature 2-3 weeks before Unique.

Andre
The original air-layer from Brazil has a medium to large, oblong to round fruit, rough-surfaced, light-green, thick-fleshed, few-seeded; richly flavored and very aromatic. Seedlings are upright, spreading to intermediate. Self-fertile; bears heavily. Prominent in France.

Apollo
Medium to large, oval fruit. Smooth, thin, light-green skin with blue-green surface bloom, subject to bruising and purpling. Pulp well-developed, slightly gritty. Flavour very pleasant, quality excellent. Ripens mid to late-season. Tree upright and spreading, to 8 ft tall, vigorous and productive. Self-fertile, and will pollinate Gemini.

Bambina
A small-growing tree with small fruit, able to be eaten skin and all.

Besson
Seeds were taken from Uruguay in 1899, has small to medium, oval, smooth fruits with red or maroon cheek; thin-skinned, with medium-thick, fine-grained flesh, very juicy pulp, numerous seeds, and rich, aromatic flavour. Seedlings are upright or spreading. This is the type grown in southern India. Prominent in France.

Choiceana
Originated in Australia. Small to medium-sized, round to oval fruit, 2 to 3-1/2 inches long. Skin fairly smooth. Flavour and quality good. Ripens in midseason. Tree moderately vigorous, spreading. Almost or always, but not less than 42% self-fertile.

Coolidge
Originated in Australia prior to 1908. Small to medium-sized fruit, 4 or more inches in length and 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Form pyriform to oblong or elongated. Skin somewhat wrinkled. Flavour mild, indifferent quality. Tree upright and strong growing, a reliable and heavy bearer, 100% self-fertile. The most widely planted cultivar in California.

David
Has round or oval fruits with skin of sweet and agreeable flavour; matures in November in Europe.

Edenvale Improved Coolidge
Originated in Santa Cruz, California, by Frank Serpa of Edenvale Nurseries. Large, oblong fruit of very good to excellent flavour and quality. Ripens in October. Tree slow growing. Self-fertile, precocious and productive. Grows best in climates similar to cool, coastal areas of southern California.

Edenvale Late
From Edenvale Nurseries. Medium-sized, oblong fruit of very good to excellent flavour and quality. Ripens late, in January,and over a long period of time. Tree slow growing. Self-fertile, very productive. Grows best in climates similar to cool, coastal areas of southern California.

Edenvale Supreme
From Edenvale Nurseries. Medium-sized, oblong fruit of very good to excellent flavour and quality. Ripens in November. Best eaten soon after harvest. Tree slow growing. Self-fertile, precocious and productive. Grows best in climates similar to cool, coastal areas of southern California.

Gemini
Fruit small to medium, egg-shaped. Skin very smooth, thin, dark green with a heavy bloom. Flavour and texture excellent. Ripens in early autumn, earlier than Apollo. Tree upright, spreading, to 8 ft tall. Moderately vigorous, high yielding, partially self-fruitful, but cross pollination is recommended for best fruit quality.

Hehre
It is reported that a man named H. Hehre of Los Angeles got seeds from Argentina and among the seedlings he raised there was one that seemed superior to the others and was earlier bearing. It became known as the ‘Hehre’ variety. The fruit is large, slender-pyriform, sometimes curved; yellow-green, with thin skin, finely granular flesh, abundant, very juicy pulp, fairly numerous and larger than ordinary seeds, sweet but not aromatic flavor; seedlings erect, compact, vigorous, with lush foliage but only moderately fruitful.

Huia
Heavy, regular yielder of nice looking fruit. Flowers early. Fruit matures about the same time as Apollo.

K51

  • Little known to date on this tree
  • Excellent flavour
  • Strong grower
  • Medium to large size fruit
  • Early season

Kaiteri
Prolific early cropper with large smooth fruit on a vigorous tree. Appears to mature 2-3 weeks before
Unique.

Kakapo
Medium to large size fruit with good shelf life and stores well. Mild, sweet refreshing taste with wide
appeal. Fruit shape is blocky oval. Mid season cultivar. Easy picking due to naturally good, open tree habit.

Kakariki
Exceptionally sweet and large very early fruit. Appears to mature 4 weeks before Unique.

Karamea
Produces a heavy crop of consistent sized fruit. Mid to late season flowering and fruiting. Waingaro the suggested pollinator.

Kawatiri
This feijoa has sweet fruit, which are a good consistent size. It produces a heavy crop early to midseason. Waitui is the suggested pollinator.

Magnifica
A selected seedling with very large fruits of inferior quality.

Mammoth
Selected in New Zealand from seedlings of the Choiceana. Large, round to oval fruit, to 8-1/2 ounces, resembling Coolidge. Skin thick, somewhat wrinkled. Flesh somewhat gritty, quality and flavour very good. Matures early in midseason. Softer and not as good a shipper as Triumph. Tree of upright habit, to 10 ft tall, strong growing. Self-fertile, but bears larger fruit, with cross-pollination.

Monique
Cold tolerant. Bears when young.

Moore
Large, flavoursome fruit. Ripens in midseason. Very vigorous plant. Recommended for California.

Nazemetz
Originated in San Diego, California, by Alexander Nazemetz. Large, pear-shaped fruit, averaging 3 ounce in weight. Side walls moderately thin. Pulp translucent and sweet. Flavour and quality excellent. Ripens in late October to mid-December. Unlike that of many other cultivars, the pulp of Nazemetz does not darken after being cut or as it ripens, but retains its clear color. Tree self-fertile, but bears most heavily when cross-pollinated. Good pollinator for Trask.

Opal Star
Classic shaped, smooth, dark green skinned fruit medium to large in size. Flesh is smooth and juicy and very aromatic. One of our reliable mid season maturing varieties. Grows naturally into a strong, compact tree requiring little pruning. Heavy cropping. Stores well. Some fruit thinning may be necessary.

Pineapple Gem
Originated in Azusa, California, by Monrovia Nursery. Small, round fruit of good to very good quality. Mid to late season ripening. Tree self-fruitful but bears heavier crops if pollinated. Does poorly under cool, coastal conditions.

Pounamu
Early season selection with smooth, dark green (greenstone/pounamu), attractive, medium size fruit. Flesh is moderately smooth, juicy and with pleasant flavour. Stores well. Trees has an upright to spreading habit with moderate vigour.

Robert
Medium-size, very uniform oval fruits, the flesh is very juicy but somewhat gritty, the flavour is mild. A very early ripening cultivar, maturing its fruit up to 2 months earlier than most other cultivars. A heavy-cropping tree once well established, it develops undesirable russet leaves. If not cross-pollinated abundantly, it produces hollow fruit which cannot be distinguished externally from good fruits.

Roundjon
Has oval or rounded fruits, somewhat rough-skinned and red-blushed; of agreeable flavour; matures in November in Europe.

Smith
This cultivar produces reliable and abundant crops of medium to large fruits in the Pacific Northwest. Possibly suitable for the mild areas of Britain.

Superba
Has round to slightly oval, medium smooth, medium to small fruits of good flavour; it is partially (33%) self-incompatible. The plant is spreading, straggly in habit and of medium vigor.

Tagan I
Very large fruit are produced early in the season. Heavy cropping.

Tagan II
The suggested pollinator for Tagan I. Slightly smaller fruit but very good flavour.

Trask
Originated as a bud sport of Coolidge. Medium to large, oblong fruit, up to 3-1/2 inches long and weighing 3 to 5 ounces. Rough, dark green skin. Shells thicker and grittier than Coolidge. Flavour and quality good to very good. Ripens early. Tree self-fertile, but most productive when cross-pollinated. Precocious. Ideal pollinator for Nazemetz.

Triumph
Selected in New Zealand from seedlings of the Choiceana cultivar. Short, oval, plump fruits, not pointed as those of Coolidge, medium to large. Skin uneven but firm. Flesh somewhat gritty but with good seed to pulp ratio. Excellent sharp flavor. Ripens to midseason. Tree upright, of medium vigor. Bears heavily if pollinated. Good pollinator for Mammoth.

Unique
The only reliably self-fertile selection to date. Light green, medium to large fruit with rough skin. Flesh is smooth, soft, juicy and mildly aromatic. Excellent eating. Prolific producer from an early age. Storage life is best if fruit harvested a little early. Tree habit is upright and spreading with moderately weak branches. Heading back of branches and thinning of fruit is recommended.

Waingaro
A very heavy cropper, but there is some inconsistency in the fruit size. Very good fruit flavours. Late cropping.

Waitui
A vigorous growing plant. Very consistent fruit size. Early cropping and good flavour.

Wiki™ Tu (Anilvinkoru)
Produces very large fruit (up to 300 grams) in mid to late season. Meaty flesh with good taste and smooth texture. Stores and handles well. Ideal selection for high density plantings due to its dwarf habit. Reported as self fertile in some parts of New Zealand.

Credits: My thanks to Waimea Nurseries for some of the description information on this page.

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