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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Marion'

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: Marion
Hybridized by Clemson Univ.

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Ferment seeds before storing

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:
Fusarium Wilt (F)

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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4 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral CirclePlanter On Jun 1, 2013, CirclePlanter from East San Gabriel, CA wrote:

Just obtained a foot high Marion from a commercial hardware store garden section. I was looking for a great tasting, shorter ripening time period, versatile, disease resistant heirloom. But...I'm in So. California! How will it grow here?

Positive JohnWendy On Mar 19, 2013, JohnWendy from Chapin, SC wrote:

This is not only a family favorite, but a regional favorite in the SC midlands. My dad grew the Marion variety along with others in his garden every year. I like the taste and the uniformity of the fruit. Just enough acidity. Makes a great tomato sandwich. I plant Marion and Celebrity, along with a Roma variety called Viva Italia for use at home and I also produce for our all local market on Main St. in Columbia, SC. I have tried some heirloom varieties, but my experience has resulted in nice looking plants with low production. Some seed catalogs list the Marion as an heirloom. I always have a bountiful crop of these and my customers love them. Marion is well suited for this area and is one of the best slicing and canning varieties.

Positive tomatolarry On Feb 11, 2012, tomatolarry from Dalton, GA wrote:

I have been planting Marion's for about four years. I like the fact that they bear very well and have better than average disease resistance. They have proven to be a good choice for anyone's home garden here in the southeast.

Positive kitty_mom On Jul 7, 2009, kitty_mom from Waverly, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bought a flat of nine plants (small) and planted them in April. They have good tasting small fruit in clusters. Heavy yielders. I live in a very moist area, with lots of days where the heat index is 105+ with several days a month of heavy rain. These do very well. Will grow again next year.

Neutral lssfishhunter On Jan 23, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I wasn't impressed with the texture and size of this variety. The production was good and did well in the hot summer. There are much better tomatoes out there.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 5, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Marion was released by Clemson University. It is a Rutgers type, similar in growth, appearance, and size. It is suppose to be more adapted to the climate of the southeast than the Rutgers. It is more tart than many of 8 oz red globe tomatoes. It also seperates from the vine easily. If they get over ripe they fall to the ground. If you are one of the folks who claim a good tomato should set their fever blisters on fire, this is the one otherwise it is just an ordinary red tomato.

Neutral MaryvilleRick On Jun 8, 2003, MaryvilleRick from Maryville, MO wrote:

Scarlet fruit is medium-large and deep-globe-shaped. Matures in 75 days.


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

Lake Mary, Florida
Augusta, Georgia (2 reports)
Dalton, Georgia
Waverly, Georgia
Zachary, Louisiana
Horse Shoe, North Carolina
Oak Island, North Carolina
Jonesville, South Carolina

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