|CYPHOMANDRA BETACEA - Tamarillo, Tree Tomato |
An erect, fast-growing, South American evergreen shrub with fleshy, cordate, ornate leaves that have an unpleasant scent. It is shallow-rooted, susceptible to nematodes and requires rich, moist, well-drained soil. Heavy mulching is recommended to protect the easily damaged roots. The fruit is a many-seeded berry, egg-shaped, two-celled like tomatoes and about 2-3" long. It is treated like a tomato, cooked or eaten raw. Propagated by seed or cutting.