Tomato
Lycopersicon lycopersicum 'Silvery Fir Tree'

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: Silvery Fir Tree
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Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

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:

Determinate

Fruit Shape:

Flat/Oblate

Fruit Size:

Medium (under one pound)

Days to Maturity:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:

Red

Seed Type:

Open-pollinated

Usage:

Fresh, salad

Fresh, slicing

Canning

Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Type:

Regular Leaf

Regional

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

Pelham, Alabama

Mill Valley, California

Sun City, California

Longmont, Colorado

Barbourville, Kentucky

Bay City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Holly Ridge, North Carolina

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hartsville, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)

Woodinville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
4
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jan 20, 2012, tgplp wrote:

I grew Silvery Fir Tree from seed as one of my very first tomato plants. It was a very beautiful and fast growing seedling! The leaves are so unique. I put it in a big black pot, and it grew to be HUGE! A big, bushy mess. :) Get the pruners ready if you want to grow this plant! It was very productive in my wet, rainy climate, and had big, dark red beefsteaks. The fruits had a tangy, tart flavor. I didn't really like the flavor but my mom loved it.

Bottom line:
If you want a beautiful ornamental, this is the plant for you. Not so much good eating, though.

Positive

On Aug 17, 2010, tomatofrog from Echuca
Australia wrote:

Unique! I grew mine in pots and it lived up to my expectations as far as foliage and growth habit were concerned. Flavour is not as bad as people have been saying either!

Positive

On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: Tomato plants are often stuck back in the vegetable garden where we hide them in steel cages. But, the pretty Silvery Fir Tree, an heirloom from Russia, is a tomato that should have a place in a container on your patio or deck in between the flowers! The bush type plants are a compact 24 tall and have silvery ferny foliage and round red fruit that dangles like Christmas ornaments. You can put it on display in an attractive container or in a hanging basket. (Though plants are short, they may require a stake if plants starts to lean over. Of course, a little leaning is desirable in a hanging basket.) The 3 3 tomatoes have slightly tart, classic tomato flavor. A determinate type tomato, the fruit will set and ripen at the same time.

Positive

On Sep 25, 2008, hagarwood from Austin, TX wrote:

I transplanted into a medium pot in late April. All through the summer it sat and endured the 95 - 100 degree weather, but didn't grow. Stayed a foot tall. Mid August a spot in the garden opened up - the heat killed some plants. Low and behold it had been reborn. It grew up and out like a bush (what I was expecting). Now with the cool weather many blossoms and at least 10 tomatoes. Looks very promising.

Neutral

On Mar 3, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This tom with its distinctive carrot-like foliage.

Neutral

On Feb 13, 2007, beachboy2 from Holly Ridge, NC wrote:

A great plant for ornamental growing in containers. Can be used as an indoor/outdoor decorative plant and if cared for will last several months without fading. Tomato flavor, however, leaves something to be desired. It does enhance flavor when sliced on hamburgers, though.

Positive

On Jan 19, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Sets exceedingly well in the heat, even when it's lowish to mid 90's for me. Works well in 7-10 gal containers. Smallish-med to med sized fruits, fairly crack resistant. A bit on the tart side, best taste when dead ripe.

Negative

On Sep 27, 2005, fwfarm from Lebanon, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I was very disappointed by this tomato - the flavor really was bad. Not that early, and by midseason wasn't producing any more.

Neutral

On Mar 28, 2005, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

rare heirloom from Russia has lovely feathery silver foliage and produces delicious 6 oz red fruits. Heirloom.