Tomato 'Eva Purple Ball'

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: Eva Purple Ball
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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:

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, 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:

Haleyville, Alabama

Lakewood, California

Oceanside, California

Miami, Florida

Conyers, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Kansas City, Kansas

Ijamsville, Maryland

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Goodman, Missouri

Troy, Ohio

Collinwood, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Maryville, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Anton, Texas

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Tooele, Utah

Weyers Cave, Virginia

Oroville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 17, 2013, CaliforniaGuy from Lakewood, CA wrote:

I've only had one bush of this so far, because the critters in the yard always seem to destroy the purple ball seedlings more than anything else. Although I didn't get a ton of tomatoes out of it, it was pretty good, and I will try to grow more to be sure. As others have said, the fruit are quite uniform and attractive. I just wish they were a little larger. Update: Tried again 2014, bush was finally pretty productive but all of the tomatoes were kind of small, a little bigger than golf ball size. Very flavorful though, with some zing to them. A good salad tomato.


On Feb 21, 2010, HarmonyGardener from Tooele, UT wrote:

The Eva Purple Ball tomatoes were possibly the prettiest deep pink/red tomatoes I have ever seen. Just beautiful and so delicious. No cracks, no bugs, no problems. Even through a long, dry, hot summer with out of town trips it did wonderfully. When it was wilted it bounced back just hours after watering. Loved it.


On Mar 3, 2009, Zeppy from Shenandoah Valley, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

My new favorite canner: when other plants are suffering from bugs or disease, Eva PB still turns out gorgeous, yummy maters that peel beautifully.


On Jan 18, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Good flavor and pretty fruit, will grow again at some point.


On Oct 15, 2005, cottonpicker from Audubon, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Tennis ball sized, pinkish-red fruit with nice flavor & fairly good production. Perfectly round, blemish free fruits. Will grow again.


On Dec 19, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

From the German Black Forest. Uniform, tennis ball sized pink fruit.