Tree tomato is a fast-growing but short-lived, evergreen shrub or small tree growing 2 - 7 metres tall. The bole is short, with thick lateral branches. The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, which is very popular in some areas. It also has medicinal uses and supplies dyestuff and tannins. The plant is sometimes cultivated for its edible fruit in sub-tropical areas and the higher elevations of tropical zones.