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Other names: Tree tomato
Characteristics: Shrub or small tree 3 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packets: 20
Although it looks much like a medium-sized tomato the tree tomato is not a true tomato. Tasting somewhat like a tomato, it is usually eaten with sugar or boiled to make a popular and refreshing drink.
Unlike ordinary tomatoes you can use the fruit not only like tomato but like plums in jam making, desserts and pies. An extremely fast growing shrub.
Native to South America.
Prefers a rich well-drain soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.