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

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of 'Black Cherry'.

Common names
  • Tomato
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Solanum lycopersicum
  • Synonym: Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Photo Gallery
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-08-17
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-05-15

Date: 2013-08-18
Location: my Zone 7b garden in North Georgia Mountains
Date: 2023-06-23
Location: Chicago
Date: 2020-08-02
Not quite ripe yet.
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-08-03
Location: Pacific Northwest
Date: 2011-09-30
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-07-04
Black cherry tomatoes - surrounded by other tomatoes in the backg
Location: Eagle Point, Oregon
Date: 2010-08-29
Location: Luxembourg
Date: 2023-09-15

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-08-31
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-08-18
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-07-31
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-07-31
Unripe fruit.
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-07-31
Unripe fruit.
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-07-31
Location: South Alabama
Date: 2020-05-25
Some green Black Cherry tomatoes on a young plant.

Date: 2013-08-18

Date: 2013-08-18
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2014-08-27

Courtesy Seeds of Victoria
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2020-04-26

Date: 2013-09-18
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-08-06
Green fruit on the vine.
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2015-08-06

Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
  • Uploaded by vic

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Victory Seed Company - Liberal, OR
Image used with permission of the Victory Seed Company.

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2015-05-25
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2016-01-04
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  • Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 22, 2014 9:47 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Sep 7, 2016 2:20 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 22, 2011 11:08 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Aug 26, 2014 8:27 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Oct 15, 2018 6:58 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Anderwood (North Branch, MN - Zone 4b) on Aug 23, 2014 8:37 PM concerning plant:
    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.
Plant Events from our members
BlondieRides On May 1, 2015 Fruit Ripened
First 2 tomatoes today. So excited!
BlondieRides On April 12, 2015 Bloomed
BlondieRides On March 15, 2015 Transplanted
BlondieRides On March 9, 2015 Obtained plant
antsinmypants On May 24, 2023 Transplanted
Into Garden Two
antsinmypants On April 10, 2023 Plant emerged
1 seedling emerged.
antsinmypants On April 4, 2023 Seeds sown
antsinmypants On May 25, 2022 Transplanted
Into Garden One
antsinmypants On May 24, 2021 Transplanted
Into Garden two
antsinmypants On April 10, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On April 7, 2021 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights
dnrevel On May 24, 2022 Transplanted
Transplanted into CSS Project Grow garden.
dnrevel On May 14, 2022 Obtained plant
From the Project Grow PLANT SALE. I believe I grew this from seed in 2021. It remains to be seen if it's as good as this describes: "Black Cherry - deep, complex and unique flavor, prolific producer."
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Reminds me of cherokee purple by dave Sep 30, 2011 6:21 PM 1

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