Tree Tomato, Tamarillo
Synonym: Solanum betaceum, Cyphomandra crassicaulis
The Tree Tomato is generally considered a native of Peru and performs best at medium to high elevations. It is more popular in the Asiatic Tropics, New Zealand, and the Andean region of South America than in the Caribbean region. It forms a shrubby tree 10 to 12 feet high (3 to 3.5 m); occasional plants reach a height of 20 or 25 feet (6 to 7.5 m) and have a trunk diameter of about 4 inches (10 cm). The large cordate-ovate leaves are soft-pubescent and are 3 to 12 inches long (7 to 30 cm).
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