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Hitar’s Tree Eggplant, A Dual Plant Complex Grafted Between Common Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) and Water Nightshade (Solanum torvum Sw.)  

Yeping Han1,2 , Jiayao Zhou2,3 , Chunyang Zhan1 , Zhonggang Li1
1 Hainan Institute of Tropical Agricultural Resources (HITAR), Sanya, 572025, China
2 Cuixi Academy of Biotechnology, Zhuji, 311800, China
3 Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University, Zhuji, 311800, China
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International Journal of Horticulture, 2022, Vol. 12, No. 1   doi: 10.5376/ijh.2022.12.0001
Received: 09 Jun., 2022    Accepted: 15 Jun., 2022    Published: 26 Jun., 2022
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Han Y.P., Zhou J.Y., Zhan C.Y., and Li Z.G., 2022, Hitar’s tree eggplant, a dual plant complex grafted between common eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) and water nightshade (Solanum torvum Sw.), International Journal of Horticulture, 12(1): 1-5 (doi: 10.5376/ijh.2022.12.0001)


Hitar’s tree eggplant is a perennial shrub eggplant developed by Hainan Institute of Tropical Agricultural Resources (HITAR) by using grafting technique. By using common eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) as scion grafted onto rootstock of water nightshade (Solanum torvum Sw.) with the help of common grafting methods, a dual plant system was formed and the perennial shrub eggplant was developed. This kind of eggplant, called “Hitar’s tree eggplant”, can bloom and bear fruit all year round, and can grow for many years under natural conditions in tropical regions. Hitar’s tree eggplant is especially suitable for farmers to plant in the courtyards, because it can not only provide daily vegetables for families, but also can be an ornamental plant in the courtyards.

Hitar tree eggplant; Common eggplant (Solanum melongena L.); Water nightshade (Solanum torvum Sw.); Grafting; Dual plant complex
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