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Tamarillo

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 Tree tomato tamarillo (Cyphomandra betacea) is a lesser known plant in many regions but make a very nice addition to the landscape. The South American native is a small-growing shrub or semi-woody tree reaching heights between 10-18 feet. Tamarillo trees bloom in early spring, producing fragrant pink flowers. These blooms will eventually give way to small, oval or egg-shaped fruit, reminiscent of plum tomatoes—hence the tomato tree’s name. While the fruits of growing tree tomatoes are edible and vary between trees, they are much more bitter tasting than your average tomato. The skin is also tougher, with colors varying among the different varieties from yellow to red or even purple. Unripened fruits are also slightly toxic and should only be harvested or eaten when fully ripe (indicated by the variety’s color).TamarillSolanum betaceum is a small tree or shrub in the flowering plant family Solanaceae. It is best known as the species that bears the tamarillo, an egg-shaped edible fruit. It is also known as the tree tomato, or tamamoro.

  • TREE TOMATO
    Cyphomandra betacea
    a.k.a. Tamarillo
    Although it looks much like a medium-sized tomato, the tree tomato is not a true tomato. Tasting somewhat like a tomato, it is usually eaten with sugar or boiled to make a popular and refreshing drink.
  • Growing

    Sun

    Provide a warm, sheltered sunny position.

    Wind

    Protect from the wind as these plants are shallow rooted. Not salt tolerant.

     

    Climate

    Frost tender. Light frosts will naturally prune your tree. Tamarillos need plenty of water as the huge soft leaves transpire rapidly.

    Soil

    Any well drained site with good moisture content and high in organic matter.

    Planting

    Choose a sheltered position with protection from strong winds and hard frosts. Incorporate blood and bone at planting.

    Fertiliser

    Apply three applications of low nitrogen NPK fertiliser during the growing season. One before pruning, second one month later and the third in February to help fruit development.

    Pruning

    Once your plant reaches 1 metre tall take the tip out to encourage branching and stopping the plant growing too tall so you can not reach the fruit. Frosts will naturally prune your tree. After the frost, remove old and dead wood. In areas of no frosts you will need to manually prune back growth to prevent over crowding. Always remember fruit is formed on the new spring growth, therefore a hard prune will maintain desired shape, size and maximise next seasons fruit.

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