Tamarillo Growing Information
© Frances Michaels
Botanical Name: Cyphomandra betacea
Tamarillo, Tree Tomato, Tomate de Árbol
An erect, branching, shrubby, fast growing evergreen. It has large, heart-shaped, hairy leaves, 15 - 20 cm long.
The flowers are small, pale pink and fragrant. The fruit are egg-shaped, about 5 cm long and can be red or yellow
in colour. Tamarillos need a rich, moist, well-drained soil. It will not tolerate waterlogging or drought and the
roots are very shallow, so keep it well mulched. Commercially it is only suitable for frost-free subtropical and
warm temperate areas, however the range for a home orchard is wider, as it survives light frost, by dropping
affected leaves and shooting back in spring.
1.5 - 2 m high
Germinates best at 24 - 29°C soil temperature.
Early spring - inside with extra heat; outside after frost
danger has passed.
Unlikely to do well.
5 mm deep.
3 m between plants.
fertile, very well-drained, pH 5.8 - 7.
Seedlings should have their growth tip removed to encourage multiple
trunks, this makes the fruit easier to reach and reduces the risk of a heavily laden tree toppling over.
Fruit can be eaten raw, in salads or fruit salads, cooked as a fruit sauce
or made into jam. Nutritionally tamarillos are high in Vit. A, Vit B6, Vit. C, Vit. E, iron, and low in
Available as seed: Tamarillo