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The tree tomato is cultivated for its edible fruit in sub-tropical and tropical zones, there are some named varieties. It is not winter hardy in Britain, though it can be pot grown outdoors in the summer and brought into a warmer place for the winter. It requires a minimum winter temperature of 10°c for best fruit production but it is hardy to about -2°c. Trees produce about 20 kg of fruit a year, yields of 15 - 17 tonnes per hectare are achieved in New Zealand. Plants are probably insensitive to day-length. Very fast growing, it starts to fruit within two years from seed and reaches peak production in 3 - 4 years. Trees are, however, short-lived - the life of a commercial plantation is about 8 years. This species does not hybridize easily with other members of the genus. Plants have a shallow spreading root system and resent surface hoeing, they are best given a good mulch. Plants usually ripe their fruit over a period of time, though pruning methods can be used to produce a peak time of fruiting. The leaves have a pungent smell.Plants are subject to attacks by red spider mites.
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