Tree Tomato is a fast growing small tree that bears heavy crops of red or yellow sub-acid succulent fruit. The fruit has many uses apart from being eaten fresh, such as being cooked in any way tomatoes would be cooked. Tamarillo chutney and jam is a taste treat. The yellow fruiting variety is usually milder and sweeter with slightly smaller fruit.
Tamarillos are very quick growing and will crop in 18mths reaching a height of 2-3 meters. They require well drained soil and protection from wind and frost.
Plant Information or Specifications
Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
Learn about Pollination
Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
March, April, May
Customer Comments on Tamarillo
I have the YELLOW fruiting now after losing 2 red.Reason being rotting of trunk at ground level due to my wife growing chillies/capsicum etc and thus the TAMARILlO being over watered & rotting off. They could not care less if they never received water fr | Bazza Smith - Bundaberg Qld, QLD 26-Oct-2006
In NZ tamarillos are generally treated as a fruit, rather than a vegetable, and are delicious eaten raw (scooped out and left for a few hours to juice up with sugar) or stewed with a little sugar. | Betty Johnston - Sydney, NSW 12-Apr-2007
Tamarillos for breakie with bacon & eggs,snags & hash browns are to die for.....Falls out of the skin when cooked on the BBQ | Chris Naismith - Gold Coast, QLD 25-Oct-2007
Red Boil till scin comes off. Eaten with ice cream | Roy Welham - Almaden Nth Qld, QLD 20-Aug-2008
Tamarillos are very easy to peel. Simply pour boiling water over them and leave a few minutes until skin splits. Remove from water and lift skin off | Anna Wells - Newcastle, NSW 15-Mar-2009
Great for jam,stewed for desserts. I LOVE them peeled,sliced on toast with lemon pepper. Have new tree can't wait for fruit. | Di Scott - Bucca, NSW 07-May-2009
Had gotten plant Jan 09'. Grown 5' Kept upder high pressure sodium 16hr days all winter. Highly recomended for repair an growth as is putting outside spring to fall to toughen stalk+branches. 4" is now 5' w/ 1" stalk. | Matt Bracci - E.long., MASS 03-Aug-2009
I tried red tama's with light sprinkle of salt...gave a new sting to the already yummy taste | Umair G - Kingsford, NSW 03-Aug-2010
Tamarillo - Grafted
Growing a red variety in a large pot here in Toowoomba, got singed by frost this winter but now as tall as myself and looking very healthy. Hopefully fruit soon! | Jon Albiez - Toowoomba, QLD 11-Nov-2010
Tamarillo - Red
If your tree is water logged, hydrogen peroxide h2o (not the hairdressing one) can reoxegnate the roots and they can come good again. Happened to me with other fruit trees and it worked. Fantastic product but expensive. | Mea Berge - Runaway Bay, QLD 28-Aug-2014
Gorgeous fruit which we grew and ate as kis in new zealand - just ignore the ghastly burnt rubber smell of he leaves and appreciate the taste! | Lorraine Dinsmore - Nerang, QLD 03-Apr-2016
They are the best fruit to eat,can't wait to grow them again,when I go home. | Walter Toeke - Mornington Mt Isa, QLD 16-Nov-2016
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