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I have a wonderful tree tomato tree growing in Ringwood Melbourne which has now been fruiting for 8 years abd still going.

It was planted in a sunny but well sheltered (beside a shed and fence) part of my back garden. Its been such a sucessiful fruiting tree that I have planted another as my sister in NZ says I must as mine cant last much longer!

I have a number of NZers who I keep in supply over the fruiting season.

is this tamarillo drought tolerant, and can handle hot days

hi grew the tree in adelaide very succesfully, im now up in townsville qld do you know if the tree can be growen in the tropics, also where can i get it, because of the bland conservitive aussy pallet this tree is hardly known about, thankyou steve

My experience ingrowing Tamirillos in the north of New Zealand is that they ae a sub tropical plant. They cannot tolerate frost, and they do not like excess dryness, or too much heat. Planting them against a shelteed area beside a shed or house is a good idea where they get sun, but still be a bit sheltered from the high temeratures of a hot dry summer afternoon.
They grow like a weed. Very fast growing for a fruit tree. The branches are not very strong and can be broken easily with a lot of wind.
I was asked about the tast. I would say something like a taste between raspberries and rhubarb. A bit acid with a sharp flavour, but fruity and nice. If stewed, you can add a bit bit of sugar like you would in cooking rhubarb. Very nice stewed and eaten with vanilla icecream. If eating them raw, sprinkle a bit of sugar on them, like you eat a grapefuit.
There is three basic varieties than I know. Yellow skin and yellow flesh, with pink to red pulp. This one is the less acid one and not so tart, but less flavour.
Then there is the one that has a less reddy colour skin that has a yellow flesh under the light red skin, with red pulp.
The third one is a dark red skin, pink to red flesh, and red pulp. This is the more tasty one but also the more acid in flavour. You definitely need a bit of sugar with this one.
Ian S.

Hi I live in the UK and have 2 Tamirillos growing in containers in my green house they are just fruiting now and look very healthy the trees are into their third season and are about 4 feet high I did not know that the fruit ripens in the winter looking forward to eating them
Regards Dave Bell

My Tree suffered in the frost a few weeks ago and all the leaves are black. Lost all the flowers so another year without fruit i suppose. I am dying to see fruit on my tree. It is two years old. Perhaps next year?


Hi, I am a New Zealander living in Queensland Australia I have just planted a tree tomato and I am amazed, it is full of fruit, for the first time. BUT... Does anyone really know how to prepare and eat them so they taste just the best, especially on ice cream..... Scoop out the flesh, add sugar, put in the fridge, when it all turns a very dark colour almost black then eat, the flavour is rich and wonderful with ice cream, as I have said. Good luck if you try this. Don't cook them it will wreck the flavour, the sugar added will turn the flesh to a pulpy mixture, yum yum yum is all I can say.

Hi,very good info', just about to launch one into the garden, when it stops raining, think??? we have ideal spot ! blue mntns nsw aus

I have a tamarillo tree now 3 years old. The first two seasons it has fruited well with amazing lush growth, but after pruning late this spring the leaves keep dropping off and now there are only a few very wilted leaves and most of the new fruit has also dropped. There are new shoots appearing on some of the trunks but these look very fragile. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can save my tree? I have struck several of the prunings so have cuttings to plant out. But would prefer to rescue the tree itself.
We live in the top of the South Island, NZ.

Unfortunately Tamarillos can sometimes have a very short life span. I had two trees here in Melbourne that grew well and after the first crop the trees suddenly both died in spring when I expected new growth and nothing I did could save them. I am on heavy clay soil and this probably contributed to the problems.I now have a grafted Tamarillo (on a strong Solanum rootstock like. S mauritianum etc) and it cropped well last winter and is flowering well now.

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