Tree Tomato, Orange (Cyphomandra betaceae)

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The Tree Tomato is a fast growing small tree/shrub native to the Americas that bears the wildly popular and exotic Tamarillo, a delicious egg-shaped fruit.The fruit can be used fresh in drinks or salads or fresh out of hand. The flesh of the Tamarillo is tangy and variably sweet, with a bold and complex flavor, and may be compared to kiwifruit, tomato, guava, or passion fruit. The skin and the flesh closest to it have a bitter taste and are not usually eaten raw. The whole fruit can be preserved in many traditional ways. 

Tree Tomato is in the nightshade family of plants and prefers a subtropical climate but can be grown indoors. It can handle a bit of frost and continue to grow strong. This plant prefers well draining soil but 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.  It can grow up to 10-18 feet tall!

Grow the Red Tamarillo variety here.

Plant Type:
Fruiting Shrub, Small Tree

Harvest Season:

Mature Size:
Up to 18 ft.

Soil & Moisture:
Fertile, light, well-draining soil.

Tree Tomatoes (both Red and Orange) need 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


Growth Rate:

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

Our Tree Tomato is grown from seed and is capable of producing fruit within 2 years. 

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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