Tomato 'Silvery Fir Tree'

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: Silvery Fir Tree
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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Early (55-68 days)

Fruit Colors:


Seed Type:



Fresh, salad

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Pelham, Alabama

Mill Valley, California

Sun City, California

Longmont, Colorado

Barbourville, Kentucky

Bay City, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Springfield, Missouri

Holly Ridge, North Carolina

Jacksonville, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hartsville, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas(2 reports)

Salt Lake City, Utah

Woodinville, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 17, 2020, UTMtnguy from Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

Grew from seed and transplanted. Already been using them during distancing happy hour along with Sasha’s Altai. Phenomenal flavors for raw eating and appetizer plates. Highly recommend for early tomatoes. Not sure what will happen midsummer without heat and dry here, but a local heirloom purveyor said they will start to produce again second week of August or so.


On Jun 21, 2018, gregjk from Jacksonville, OR wrote:

i just moved a couple weeks ago to Jacksonville Oregon close to Medford and first thing I bought was SRT tomato in a small pot from a local small grocery store. It had some tomatoes starting to develop and I finally was able to plant it in a larger pot today. Will see how it does; so far no wilting. Can get very hot here in July, well over a 100 degrees even.


On Jun 11, 2018, jetlag4 from McBride, British Columbia,
Canada wrote:

The bush is beautiful to look at. I find the tomatoes a bit tart / acidic for my taste when eating raw, but they are great for sauces and in cooked recipes.


On Jul 4, 2016, clogger1 from Springfield, MO wrote:

I purchased my Silvery Fir Tree at Baker Creek, Mansfield, MO, during their Spring Planting Festival. It is a short plant,and is loaded with tomatoes! Foliage is so unique! I am looking forward to tasting the tomatoes!


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.


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!


On Nov 25, 2008, CurtisJones from Broomfield, CO (Zone 5b) 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 ½” tomatoes have slightly tart, classic tomato flavor. A determinate type tomato, the fruit will set and ripen at the same time.


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.


On Mar 3, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This tom with its distinctive carrot-like foliage.


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.


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.


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.


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.