Cyphomandra betacea
“Tree Tomato”

Camissonia bistorta ‘Sunflakes’

photo:(right) Janek Pfeifer

This perennial member of the tomato family very rapidly makes a magnificent bold foliage plant 10-12’ tall & 6-8’ wide, bearing softly hairy, shiny leaves over 12” long by 9” wide. Open branched, this tree-like shrub bears pinky-purple flowers & long-lasting edible fruit that you can eat fresh or cooked. This red-fruited variety with its slightly savory taste is ideally suited for making compotes or adding to apple pies. Remove the bitter skin either by scooping out the meat with a spoon or blanching the fruit. It is only hardy down to 41° F. so it will have to be protected in Winter. Rich, well-drained soil is best. 


Avg. Water

 Tender shrub
USDA Zones 10-11