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PlantFiles: Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Hillbilly'

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: Hillbilly
Additional cultivar information: (aka Flame)

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Seed Collecting:
Ferment seeds before storing

Growing Habit:

Fruit Shape:

Fruit Size:
Large (over one pound)

Days to Maturity:
Late (more than 80 days)

Fruit Colors:

Seed Type:

Fresh, slicing

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:
Regular Leaf

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6 positives
No neutrals
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative dcornelius On Jan 22, 2011, dcornelius from Corrigan, TX wrote:

Very, very vigourous plants but little if any fruit produced. What was produced was mealy and had no taste. Perhaps to hot in East Texas for this variety. Sorry Hillbilly, I won't try you again.

Positive sugarpine On Jan 11, 2011, sugarpine from San Jose, CA wrote:

Very nice tomato. For me, it was very productive, and tasted very sweet and fruity. All my friends and family enjoyed them.

Positive pestee42 On Mar 16, 2010, pestee42 from Molino, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grew yellow hillbilly last year. It did really well. Nice healthy plants with a good amount of large fruit. I loved the taste too, just sliced and sprinkled with salt. I'm growing more from seed for this year, 2010.

Negative dalmatian_fan87 On Aug 26, 2009, dalmatian_fan87 from Cascade, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Raised this plant from seed. Sure the plant grew fine, but it never flowered ONCE during my whole growing season here in zone 7a, much less any tomaotes.....very dissapointed with it. :(

Positive SLO_Garden On Jun 17, 2008, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Hillbilly has a place in my garden every year. It has a wonderful sweet flavor, striking appearance, and produces like crazy all season. Anyone that I know that has ever tasted it loves it. It has no drawbacks other than the bugs like to eat it too.

Positive carduus On Nov 18, 2006, carduus from Cuyahoga Falls, OH wrote:

It was beefy and a decent tomato for what it is, a red-striped yellow beefsteak. However, it takes so long to get a tomato to full ripeness that you really need to either grow it several zones south of where I'm at (Northern Ohio, zone 5), or start it indoors in January. As it was, I only got about three tomatoes from this plant before the frost.

Positive passiflora_pink On Jun 19, 2006, passiflora_pink from Shelby County, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Plants were very productive here and the fruit was attractive. Flavor average.

Positive 82840 On May 26, 2006, 82840 from Manvel, TX wrote:

plants are very large and healthy

lots of fruit

Negative Farmerdill On Oct 23, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have had little success with bi-color beefsteaks in this climate, and this one is no exception. It rapidly succumbed to nematodes.


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

Pelham, Alabama
Springdale, Arkansas
Oceanside, California
San Jose, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Santee, California
Molino, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Traverse City, Michigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Corrigan, Texas
Freeport, Texas
Houston, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
West Jordan, Utah

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