Cherry tomatoes are the delightful jewels of the garden. These bite-sized fruits pack a punch of sweet or tangy flavors, making them perfect for salads, snacking, or simply enjoying off the vine. If you’re considering adding cherry tomatoes to your garden, here’s a list of 17 varieties that stand out for their taste, color, and growth characteristics.

1. Baby Boomer

You can expect a big, bountiful crop from this little plant that produces fruit until it’s felled by frost.

How bountiful? We’re talking about yields of about 300 bright red, one-inch tomatoes per plant through the season.

A close up of freshly harvested 'Baby Boomer' tomatoes in a wicker basket.

A prolific hybrid, the fruit has a full, sweet flavor that’s ideal for fresh snacking or roasted on the grill.

‘Baby Boomer’ develops fruit in 50 to 55 days on plants that reach 20 to 25 inches. The branches become heavily laden, and a cage or other support is recommended.

2. Maglia Rosa

Tomatoes don’t get any prettier than ‘Maglia Rosa.’ With two to three-inch ovate fruits in mottled shades of pink and orange, they hang like large clusters of jewels.

A close up of the elongated fruits of 'Maglia Rosa' on the vine, growing in the garden.These tasty gems are delightful growing in containers, or draping from a hanging basket. Harvest just as they turn pink for an enticing flavor – lightly acidic, rich, and sweet.

The semi-determinate, open-pollinated plants grow 24 to 36 inches and tomatoes ripen in 70 days.

3. Sweetheart of the Patio

A semi-determinate plant, hybrid ‘Sweetheart of the Patio’ has a superior yield that produces clusters of supersweet, bright red one-inch fruits.

A close up of ripe, red tomatoes growing on the vine in the sunny garden, pictured on a soft focus background.Compact but vigorous, abundant clusters of fruit ripen in 68 days on plants that grow 24 to 36 inches tall.

Tolerant of  late blight , the pretty plants are easily grown in containers, hanging baskets, or directly in the garden.

4. Tiny Tim

An early-maturing heirloom cultivar, ‘Tiny Tim’ produces an abundance of deep red, four-ounce fruits.

A close up of a determinate, dwarf variety 'Tiny Tim' growing in a container with an abundance of bright red tomatoes.Fruit matures in just 55 to 60 days. Compact plants grow to a mature height of 12 to 16 inches, with a width of just six inches.

Ideal for container-growing on the patio, or in hanging baskets, ‘Tiny Tim’ will tolerate a little shade.

This variety was first brought to market by the University of New Hampshire in 1945.


Indeterminates grow freely, with tall, bushy habits that require more space for cultivation, and branches typically need cages or stakes for support.

5. Black Cherry

An heirloom variety, ‘Black Cherry’ has a complex, sweet flavor and firm texture packed into bite-size treats.

The one-inch fruits ripen to a deep mahogany brown and plants produce consistently throughout the hot summer months.

A close up square image of 'Black Cherry' tomatoes freshly harvested.Plants grow to approximately 60 inches and mature in 64 days. Delicious and exotic, these little gems are great for snacks and add rich flavor to bruschetta, pizzas, and salsas.

This variety is naturally disease resistant, and seeds can be collected for propagation.

6. Black Pearl

‘Black Pearl’ has a beautifully rich, deep mahogany color and its heirloom heritage as a hybrid cross of ‘Black Cherry’ provides a delightful, complex flavor – sweet with a rich, tangy bite.

A close up of 'Black Pearl' cherry tomatoes, freshly harvested and placed in a wooden bowl.The vigorous vines are laden with dark clusters of one-and-a-half-inch tomatoes that are produced until fall.

Plants grow to 60 inches and require cages or stakes for support. Fruits are tasty for snacking or lovely in bruschetta and pizza, and they mature in 65 days.

7. Green Envy

A sweet, juicy option with a delicate flavor, the ovate, one-inch fruits of hybrid ‘Green Envy’ ripen to a deep, translucent emerald green.

Plants produce continuously until fall. The firm and meaty tomatoes are well suited to grilling or roasting, and add a light, fresh flavor to salads and salsas.

A close up of 'Green Envy' fruits, freshly harvested and placed in a wooden bowl.Fruits mature in 60 to 70 days on plants that grow 63 to 67 inches. A cage or stakes are needed for support.

8. Italian Ice

Sugary sweet with a mild, low-acid taste, ‘Italian Ice’ is a prolific hybrid plant with large clusters of one-inch fruits in a soft, creamy yellow hue.

Large clusters set throughout summer until plants are killed by frost.

A close up of the pale yellow, almost white fruits of 'Italian Ice,' a cherry tomato variety, set in a wooden bowl.

Delicious chilled for a cooling salad or snack, the fruits also pair well with pasta or can be made into a mild green relish.

Plants grow 60 to 72 inches and fruits can be harvested in 65 days.

9. Midnight Snack

Dark, handsome, and delicious, ‘Midnight Snack’ is one of the tastiest purple tomatoes.

When grown in full sun, the fruit features dramatic purple-black shoulders with an olive-purple underside.

A close up of the dark ripe fruits of the 'Midnight Snack' cultivar growing in the garden, surrounded by foliage.

The deep coloring comes from the presence of anthocyanin pigments – healthy antioxidants that make for a tasty, guilt-free snack.

The high-yielding hybrid plants produce one-and-a-half-inch fruits with a pronounced, balanced taste and meaty texture that are ideal for salads and the grill.

The vines grow 72 to 84 inches and fruit can be harvested in 65 to 70 days.

10. Mirabelle Blanche

The pretty one-inch globes of ‘Mirabelle Blanche’ ripen to a translucent pale yellow with a hint of blush pink, and grow in massive clusters.

A close up of a 'Mirabelle Blanche' plant laden with ripe yellow fruit, growing in the garden, pictured on a soft focus background.

Fruits have a unique, sweet flavor with a nice acidic bite that makes them ideal for dehydrating, salads, or the grill.

An open-pollinated heirloom variety,  the seeds can be successfully stored  for propagation.

Plants reach a height of 40 to 48 inches and mature in 75 to 80 days.

11. Orange Sunsugar

One of the sweetest cherries available, the orange one-inch fruits of ‘Orange Sunsugar’ glow like mini setting suns on vigorous, hearty vines.

A close up of a few 'Orange Sunsugar' fruits set on a marble surface. To the bottom right of the frame is a white circular logo and text.

Highly nutritious with a high vitamin A content, the fruit is thin skinned but with excellent crack resistance. They’re also resistant to fusarium wilt and tobacco mosaic virus.

The robust hybrid vines are large, growing 84 to 108 inches, and require caging for support. Fruits mature in 62 days.

12. Power Pops

Sweet and flavorful, ‘Power Pops’ produce bright red one-inch fruits that ripen two weeks before other cherry types.

Part of Burpee’s Boost Collection of veggies, plants are bred for higher levels of antioxidants – with 40 percent more carotenoids and 55 percent more lycopene than your typical commercial tomato.

This hybrid cultivar grows only nine to 12 inches high but has a full, cascading habit that makes it a natural in patio pots and hanging baskets.

And fruits ripen in only 45 days, making it a good choice for gardeners with short summer growing seasons.

13. Sunchocola

‘Sunchocola’ is a hybrid that produces juicy one-inch fruits in a gorgeous, deep brick red with a full flavor that’s both smoky and sweet.

A productive plant, it sets large clusters of fruit all summer.

A close up of a number of freshly harvested 'Sunchocola' cherry tomatoes, with one fruit cut in half, set on a wooden surface, pictured on a soft focus background.Tasty fresh off the vine or roasted on the grill, they also make a good choice for sun drying or dehydrating.

Fruits ripen in 67 days on plants that grow to 70 inches and are resistant to mosaic virus. Cages or trellises are required for support.

14. Sungold

One of the most popular cherries, hybrid ‘Sungold’ has tangerine-orange fruits with firm flesh that form in long, hefty clusters on highly prolific vines that set until fall.

The one-inch globes have a delicious, sweetly tropical taste.

A close up of the red and green fruits of the 'Sungold' variety, growing in the garden, pictured in bright sunshine on a soft focus background. To the bottom right of the frame is a white circular logo with text.Scrumptious fresh off the vine, on the grill, and in salads, fruits ripen in 57 days.

Plants grow 48 to 60 inches and are resistant to fusarium wilt, nematodes, tobacco mosaic virus, and verticillium wilt. Caging or staking is required.

15. Supersweet 100

Sweet and flavorful with a long season, ‘Supersweet 100’ bears long, large clusters of bright red one-inch fruits all through summer and into fall.

A close up of a large, staked plant of the 'Supersweet 100' cultivar, with a large number of red, ripe fruits ready for harvest. To the bottom right of the frame is a white circular logo and text.

A sweet favorite for the grill, salsa, salads, and snacks, this prolific plant can reach 90 to 144 inches and requires sturdy caging – vines will grow up and over the top and back down the other side.

This hybrid is resistant to fusarium wilt, nematodes, and verticillium wilt. Fruits mature in 65 days and are perfect for drying, snacks, salads, and even juice.

16. Sweetie

A flavorful favorite thanks to its high sugar content, ‘Sweetie’ is an heirloom that produces large clusters of fruit early and abundantly over a long season.

The one to two-inch globes are very sweet and can be used for juice and preserves without any additional sugar.

A close up of a packet of 'Sweetie' seeds with text to the left of the frame and a hand-drawn illustration to the right.

Delectable as a snack straight off the vine, on the grill, in juice, and in preserves, fruits mature in 65 to 70 days.

Plants require support, and seeds may be collected in late summer.

Naturally resistant to stem canker, the vines grow 48 to 60 inches.

17. Yellow Pear

An old-fashioned heirloom favorite, ‘Yellow Pear’ is highly productive and features one to two-inch bright yellow fruits.

With a mild, sweet flavor, the fruits are shaped like pears and appear in abundance throughout the summer.

A close up of the 'Yellow Pear' variety of cherry tomato, freshly harvested and set on a wooden surface.

The fruits ripen in 80 days and are delicious fresh, on the grill, or made into preserves. The long vines grow up to 90 inches and require cages or stakes for support.

Seeds can be collected and stored for propagation.