Tomato 'Matt's Wild Cherry'

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: Matt's Wild Cherry
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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:

Small (grape/cherry varieties)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

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:

Pelham, Alabama

San Diego, California

San Luis Obispo, California

Fort Collins, Colorado

Durham, Connecticut

Gainesville, Florida

Satsuma, Florida

Snellville, Georgia

Danvers, Massachusetts

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Greene, New York

Haines Falls, New York

Syracuse, New York

Dallas, Oregon

Hemingway, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Cedar Creek, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Lipan, Texas

Paige, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Windsor, Vermont

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 18, 2017, robandrobyn from San Diego, CA wrote:

This plant is growing crazy, we tried one tomato cage and it was too narrow and seemed to crunch all the branches together. Anyone have a good suggestion for the best type of cage or trellis to use with this plant?


On Apr 24, 2016, terra1 from Richmond, TX wrote:

Grows rapidly and rampantly. Birds love the tiny fruits, probably better than I do. These have not been as disease resistant as I'd hoped, which was the main reason I got this variety. Early blight is running through my plants like wildfire, despite my best efforts to prevent/control it.


On Oct 25, 2014, CrowMeris from Greene, NY wrote:

Grew a plant in a huge pot near my front door this last summer while I provide daycare for my two-year-old granddaughter. This became "her" plant. She learned the colors "red, orange, green" (green is yucky), watered it each day, came to know the joys of compost, and she could eat the tiny fruits without danger of choking. Highly recommend Matt's as part of a children's garden!

A very small, intensely sweet tomato that's produced on clusters of five to nine little gems. The fruit ripens unevenly on the clusters. It grows well in pots and in the garden. I've found it resistant - heck, invulnerable - to both early and late blight (YMMV).

It will self-seed prolifically, grow rampantly, and produce abundantly. It's always the first tomato to give fruit in the spr... read more


On May 30, 2014, rosepetal2 from Danvers, MA wrote:

After reading the rave reviews on this tiny tomato, I started several from seed and ultimately planted 3-Matt's Wild Cherry in a 4x4 raised bed along with 1-Jelly Bean grape tomato and 1-Yellow Pear tomato. I grow all my tomatoes single stem so it ought to be interesting to see Matt's Wild Cherry as a single stem. Because it is so prolific and somewhat invasive, I felt single stem may be the way to go.

My other 10-heirloom tomatoes are single stemmed in a 2x16 raised bed w/Blue Lake green beans in towers on each end.

I'll update my post as the 2014 season progresses.


On Sep 14, 2012, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Grew about 8' or more with tons of tiny fruits. Good taste. They won't come off the vine easily until really ripe. But a little too small for me. Seemed like it took awhile to pick a cup full.


On Aug 4, 2011, SharonLorraine from Little Canada, MN wrote:

Prolific small tasty tomatoes which when collected never even make it into the kitchen before they are consumed! I grow in deep earth-friendly pots and need to stake this one a lot.


On Feb 17, 2011, Meyesa wrote:

Best......tiny....little.......tomatoes.....EVER! I had people at the farmers market surprised with this one. I will definitely grow this every year.
Oh, and dry them, freeze them and add them to tomatoey dishes throughout the winter.


On Jun 3, 2010, betta5 from Gainesville, FL wrote:

I have 5 of these plants growing this year. There are literally hundreds of tomatoes on the plants. I am able to pick roughly half a cup of tomatoes each day to snack on. These are VERY yummy little tomatoes and are great in wraps or pasta. One of the plants is in the ground and it has sort of taken over and sprawls another foot or so each time it rains (not caged). They are much more manageable in containers but are a bit less prolific. If planted in a 4-5 gallon container you should still see a few hundred tomatoes per plant with appropriate fertilization. These plants are also very hot/cold hardy as long as adequate water / shelter is provided. For the containers this means using watering cones and adding play sand so that the water drips slowly from a 2 liter for 4 hours... 90 degree... read more


On Jan 20, 2010, valleylynn from Dallas, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a small cherry tomato packed with a big tomato flavor in my garden. Very vigorous grower, picture posted was taken in Aug. 2007, plant was 9 ft tall and filled a 4 x 8 raised bed. I had to keep pruning it to keep it from taking over neighboring raised beds. I like to eat them before they get completely red as I like tomatoes with some tang. They are very sweet when fully ripened. Not bothered by pests or disease, weather changes, etc. One tough plant. This plant was still going strong after freezes killed all the other varieties of tomatoes and peppers. I have not saved seed as I don't know how to keep them from cross polinating with the other tomatoes. Would love to know how to do that.


On Sep 15, 2009, disneynut1977 from Syracuse, NY wrote:

Did not care for the taste in the begining of the season, but as fall approached and that stupid rain stopped. These babies started to taste better. I loved the size of the fruit and the plants were very productive and huge. The Matt's had the worst spot in my tomato bed. 6 hrs of sun and right next to a small evergreen, but it still grew and produced. I think these would taste even better in a hotter climate or a spot that gets sun; sunup to sundown. No cracking at all. I won't try them again in the near future as I already have a list of other very small red cherries I would like to try. I still recommend them though.

1 note, for my counter ripened - vine ripened test. Matt's was exactly the same both ways in color and taste. I did not eat any in the orange-red stage, I ... read more


On Aug 9, 2009, SLO_Garden from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Huge, spawling plants with TONS of tiny, sweet red cherry tomatoes. Early and very easy to grow.


On Jun 22, 2009, passiflora_pink from Central, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Early bearing, tall lanky and branching. Prolific tart little fruits.


On Jan 28, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Good taste, small red cherries, extremely large plants. Easy to grow. Reseeded prolifically, though -- it's nearly impossible to keep up with picking all those small fruits.


On Aug 11, 2005, zeldonian from Haines Falls, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

So tasty, early and easy to grow. The long multi-branched plants are difficult to control, they are so vigorous, but if left to spread, the yield becomes quite large.


On Dec 27, 2004, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Matt's Wild Cherry!
Indeed it is swell;
Delicious as ''heaven'',
Prolific as .........


On Dec 26, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Small red cherry that grows very tall.