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Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra crassicaulis)

Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra crassicaulis)

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4" Pot Size
20 in stock

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Tree Tomato (Cyphomandra crassicaulis)
A South American delicacy which produces edible, egg-shaped fruit that tastes like custardy guavas. If given full sun, our cuttings will flower and fruit quickly. The fruit holds well, and can be harvested from late summer into the winter. This one is as easy-to-grow as the garden tomato.
Hardiness Zone 10
Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Sun Requirement Full Sun
Grows to 3-5'
Minimum Temperature Indoors 35
Plant Type Easy Grower
  1. Addendum: Not at all cold-hardy. Review by Keith
    How do you rate this product?

    This is an update to my first review. Many of the fruit did indeed ripen, and I'm continuing to eat them - very tasty. However, I allowed the plant to remain outdoors during an unexpected light frost, which extensively toasted the leaves, despite the plant being under a protected eave. I moved the pot into a greenhouse, where it appears to be recovering, with new leaves emerging. (Posted on 12/24/2014)

  2. Easy to grow, but thirsty. Review by Greenthumb
    How do you rate this product?

    I received this plant in the spring, and in one season it has grown in a pot to about 5 feet tall, with lots of fruit and ongoing flowers. However it isn't at all drought tolerant, and needs water about every day in hot weather. Also, some of the fruits have been of mature size for quite some time, but remain green. I hope they will ripen before winter. All in all, a nice, tropical-looking plant. (Posted on 10/15/2014)