Tomato 'Black Russian'

Lycopersicon lycopersicum

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lycopersicon (ly-koh-PER-see-kon) (Info)
Species: lycopersicum (ly-koh-PER-see-kum) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Russian
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Ferment seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Fruit Shape:


Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Mid (69-80 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Capistrano Beach, California

Fallbrook, California

Fort Wayne, Indiana (2 reports)

Bay City, Michigan

Macomb, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Houston, Texas

Camano Island, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 7, 2013, frantisek from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

This is not an attractive tomato. Most of them have circular cracking on the oddly shaped fruits. When ripe, the tops stay a dark green while the rest of the tomato looks kind of pinkish, brownish, purpley - like a bad brusie that's half healed. That dark green top makes them harder to spot on the plant and you don't want to miss them because you have to harvest by "feel" rather than appearance or size. When it's just starting to get a little soft, pluck that baby then eat it fast because they don't keep/store well at all. Some type of bug seems to make a black hole in nearly every one of mine, so between the cracked tops, black holes and odd lobes, there's not much left of the smaller ones. What's left though, is pure tomato heaven and I wish I would have planted twice as many! They are S... read more


On Jun 9, 2011, LORIndiana from Fort Wayne, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my favorite black, rich and full-bodied like wine. Yum. Because "Black from Tula" was brought from Russia, and the resemblance, I think they are one and the same. I would love to know for sure. Trying Tula this year.


On Apr 29, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A mahogany brown, medium size tomato bourne on compact indeterminate vines.