Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Black Cherry') in the Tomatoes Database

Botanical names:
Solanum lycopersicum Accepted
Lycopersicon lycopersicum Synonym

Data specific to Tomatoes (Edit)
Heredity: Open Pollinated
Skin Color: Black
Flesh Color: Red
Fruit Shape: Round
Fruit Size: Cherry
Fruit Weight: 0.6 oz.
Leaf Type: Regular-Leaf
Tomato Plant Height: 7 feet
Best Uses: Salad
Growth Mode: Indeterminate
Earliness: Early
Comments by NJ Ag Exp St.: Sweet yet rich and complex flavor
Country: USA

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Plant Spread: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Leaves: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Varies greatly by species and cultivated variety.
Uses: Vegetable
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Direct sowing into the garden not recommended. Sow seeds into sterile seed starting mix, 1/8"-1/4" deep, indoors, 6-8 weeks prior to last expected frost date. Optimal germination occurs in 7-14 days with constant moisture and soil temperatures of 75-90F.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Preferred depth: Some tomato varieties, primarily dwarf and determinate varieties, are suitable for container gardening. Large, vining, indeterminate types can be grown in 5 gallon or larger containers but may require extra attention.
Child plants: 2 child plants


The Top Tomatoes, Peppers and EggplantsThe Top Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants
By dave on August 1, 2015

Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are all in the nightshade family. Let's open the Summer Vegetables Celebration Week with a look at the top varieties of each of these highly popular home garden vegetables.

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Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 9:47 PM

These are absolutely my favorite cherry-type tomato! It is larger than the typical cherry tomato, with a pretty thin skin. The flavor is intense and smoky, similar to the best full-sized black tomatoes. You do have to be careful not to let them overripen on the vine, as they tend to split around the shoulders. These are unbelievably good with some fresh mozzarella and fresh basil. I do plant a few extra of these plants, as they don't produce as many fruits as most other cherry tomatoes.

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 7, 2016 2:20 PM

Kind of a brownish colored cherry tomato. OK producer, sweet taste. I'm just not a fan of oddly colored fruit, and this falls into my 'do not grow again' list.

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Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 22, 2011 11:08 AM

The largest tomato plants I've ever grown - they went up my five foot cages, down to the ground over the outside, and back up to the top again! Produced heavily and over a long season, they were both my earliest and latest tomatoes this year. Good, savory flavor and a perfect size for snacking. Three plants produced many more cherry tomatoes than my husband and I could eat, whereas with most varieties three plants is just enough. Fruit often cracked and attracted insects, but keeping them picked should prevent that.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Aug 26, 2014 8:27 PM

This is the first year I have grown Black Cherry. I love it, so I will be growing it year after year. I bought it this spring by accident. I was thinking of Chocolate Cherry, but I didn't see any of that variety and picked up Black Cherry instead. Well, I sure am glad that I did.

They did start producing slightly later than my other cherry varieties, but the fruits are large for a cherry tomato, and once they did start producing, they have not stopped. They have the rich taste typical of black tomatoes. These are very good and not prone to cracking.

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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Oct 15, 2018 6:58 AM

I grew two from seed. The plants were big, vigorous, had big clusters with up to 20+ fruits. Taste was in the 'Cherokee Purple' style, skin seemed about typical for cherry tomato. I liked the taste, as Cherokee Purple is my favorite. I had to learn how to judge when they were ripe. A lot of rain here all summer meant they started cracking, but I had picked a lot before that and have some frozen. I would grow it again.

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Posted by Anderwood (North Branch, MN - Zone 4b) on Aug 23, 2014 8:37 PM

I am growing these for the first time this year. They started producing around August 11. I only get about three at a time. Next year I will save space for at least three of these plants. I agree with @dave. It is good to have a small tomato that is similar to Cherokee Purple. I have not had any of them crack, probably because I pick them every day.

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