Tree Tomato, Tamarillo
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen
Treelike Andean native knownbotanically as Solanum betaceum(Cyphomandra betaceae).Fast growth to 10–18 ft. talland two-thirds as wide. Pointedoval, 4–10-in.-long leaves; smallpinkish flowers in summer andfall. In winter, bears egg-shaped,2–3-in.-long red fruit (there arealso yellow varieties). Fruit hasacid flavor somewhat like thatof tomato—if you find it too tart,try stewing it with a little sugar.
Grow from seed like tomato.Harvest fruit when it is fully colored;pluck from tree by snappingoff, leaving stem attached.Bears on new growth. In latewinter, prune back branchesthat have fruited by one-fourthto one-third (this will preventfruit from developing ever fartherout from center of plant).Control sucking insects. Frostsensitive; give overhead protectionin Zones 14, 15, 18–21.Fruiting is more reliable inwarmer part of range.
To 6–10 ft. tall and wide with an open, picturesquehabit. Rich, deep pink, single flowers are a bit la...
Theyget their name from theirstems, which grow tall andwoody and have prominentbamboolike joints. The ...
Considered bymany to be the best-lookingform, has purple flowers andcalyxes.