Record-setting Tomato Trees Keep Growing at Epcot

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The Land pavilion at Epcot features two "tomato trees" -- rare plants that have yielded nearly 20,000 tomatoes from a single vine -- in its experimental greenhouses that are featured on the "Living with the Land" attraction.

Yong Huang, manager of agricultural science at The Land pavilion at Epcot, inspects one of the two single-vined “tomato trees” growing inside the theme park’s experimental greenhouses in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The plant grows tens of thousands tomatoes on
a single vine. There are two tomato trees currently growing at Epcot, each with more than 17,000 individual tomatoes on their vines. Huang, from Shenyang, China, discovered the plants in Beijing, China, and after meeting with scientists responsible for those plants he brought the seeds to Epcot. The plant’s single vine grows tens of thousands of golf ball-sized tomatoes which are harvested and served at restaurants across Walt Disney World Resort. Huang’s first tomato tree at Epcot, planted last year, set a Guinness World Record when it yielded a harvest of more than 32,000 tomatoes from one vine. The tomato trees can be seen by guests on the pavilion’s “Living with the Land” boat ride. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)