Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra betaceae)
Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra betaceae)
Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra betaceae)
Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra betaceae)

Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra betaceae)

Regular price $14.95

The exotic egg-shaped Tree Tomato aka Tamarillo fruit can be used fresh in drinks or salads or eaten fresh out of hand. The soft, dense flesh of the Tamarillo is tangy and variably sweet, with a bold and complex flavor that may be compared to kiwifruit, tomato, guava, or passion fruit. The skin and the flesh closest to it has a more bitter taste and isn't usually eaten raw. The whole fruit can be preserved in many traditional ways. 

Tree Tomato is native to parts of Central and South America.  It's in the nightshade family of plants and prefers a subtropical-tropical climate but can be grown indoors. It can handle a bit of frost and continue to grow strong. This plant tolerates many soil conditions as long as it’s well draining, though compost-enriched soil is preferable for optimal growth.  It can handle temperatures as low as 28 degrees and can grow up to 10-18 feet tall! 

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Shipping cost is calculated at checkout based on your order weight and your distance from the nursery. Shipping is combined for multiple orders with plants, so the more you grow, the more you save!  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Live plant orers are processed at the beginning of each week and ship on Monday-Thursday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail. Order processing time before shipment averages from 1-14 days. 

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Heat Packs & Weather Holds

Heat Packs
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Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico

Almost all of our plants ship (bare root, of course) to Hawaii & Puerto Rico.  Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of a few plants that don't make the cut. Plants that DO NOT ship to Puerto Rico include: Coffee, Palm, and Banana plants.  Plants that DO NOT ship to Hawaii include: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, and Passion Fruit plants.

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How to Grow Tree Tomato

Plant Type: Fruiting Shrub, Small Tree

Harvest Season:  Summer - Fall

Mature Size: 10-18 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Fertile, light, well-draining soil. Needs plenty of water (especially in extreme heat) as large, soft leaves transpire moisture quickly and fruit needs regular watering to develop well.

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 with frost protection


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