Potato Tree

Solanum macranthum

Solanum macranthum, which go by the whimsical common name of Potato Tree or even Giant Potato Tree, is a bushy tree with purple-white flowers that can grow to a height of 15 feet. It is native to Brazil, and is a species within the Solanum genus. A related species is Solanum crispum, also called the Chilean potato vine or Chilean potato tree.

Botanical Name Solanum macranthum
Common Name Potato Tree, Giant Potato Tree
Blooms Purple-white, white, pink, red, dark red flowers
Planting condition Partial shade to full sun
Propagation Division is the common method as seeds take a long time to germinate and reach flowering size.
Watering Needs lots of water. Soil should be kept moist, but with good drainage.
Pests Bulb mites.

Solanum macranthum Photo Album

Potato Tree (Solanum macranthum)
Potato Tree (Solanum macranthum)
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