Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra betaceae)

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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! 

Plant Type
Fruiting Shrub, Small Tree

Harvest Season
Summer-Fall

Mature Size
Up to 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.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile

Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 9-11 with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation

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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