Farmer Tom’s Famous Sussex Fir

A fragrant low-drop favourite


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Farmer Tom’s Sussex Fir (otherwise known as the Canaan Fir) is a variety of Balsam Fir originating from, and found principally in, Canada but now growing here in Sussex. Some consider it to be a hybrid of the true Balsam Fir and the Fraser Fir – and it exhibits traits of both trees. It has a great orangey scent (similar to the Fraser), a slimmer profile and good needle retention, and is very popular over in the US. Uncommon on these shores, you won’t find it at many UK outlets. Similar to the Fraser Fir, Sussex Firs grow in a bit more of a wobbly fashion as compared to the Nordman or Norway Spruce. Read more.

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Height guide

Your tree will be at least as tall as the stated height, typically a little bit taller (unfortunately trees don’t grow to perfect round heights!). We measure from the base of the trunk to around halfway up the ‘leader’ (the long bit at the top where your star/fairy goes), but there is some variance in this depending on the leader length. You can always cut a bit off the top of the leader. Your tree may be up to 1.5ft taller than the chosen height so please account for this.


If you’re putting your tree in any sort of stand, that will add some height to the tree, so don’t forget to factor it in to the overall measurement! If you need a stand, we sell them here.

Tree width

Bear in mind that the taller your tree, the wider it will be at the base. Nordman Firs and Norway Spruces in particular get quite big and bushy as they get taller, so make sure you’ve got space!

Compact shape
Orangey scent
Comments From Happy Buyers

9 reviews for Farmer Tom's Famous Sussex Fir

  1. Edel (verified owner)

    Beautiful deep green colour. Delighted with the tree and the service.

  2. Lisa (verified owner)

    Third year I have ordered a tree, first time I’ve ordered this type and best yet. Beautiful shape with soft branches. Best thing is that the tree has been up for a week and it has hardly dropped. Would definitely recommend and I will be buying again. Thank you.

  3. Tim (verified owner)

    Awesome shape and divine smell from this stunning tree! Really happy with the service and quality!

  4. Jennifer (verified owner)

    A stunning tree, beautifully shaped and smells heavenly. The aroma catches you as soon as you enter the house. Looked a little sparse initially but once the branches dropped it was perfectly formed. 6 foot is the perfect size for my 12′ by 13′ livingroom. Quite possibly the loveliest tree I’ve had to date.

  5. Jo (verified owner)

    The perfect Christmas tree. Returning third time this year.

  6. Alison (verified owner)

    Loved this tree! Great shape and scent.

  7. Matty (verified owner)

    just THE best real Christmas Tree i’ve ever bought. No needle drop! And great customer service, Thank you :o)

  8. David Thorpe

    A big thank you to everyone, especially Will and Adam, who helped to make sure I received a fabulous Sussex Fir tree in rather challenging circumstances!

  9. Arina

    Beautiful tree, and wonderfully fragrant. I might like it even more than the Fraser, which says a lot.

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Tree Guide: Farmer Tom’s Famous Sussex Fir

The Sussex Fir is our own take on the Canaan Fir (Abies Balsamea var. Phanerolepis… let’s stick to Sussex Fir), which itself is a variety of the Balsam Fir. Some consider it to be a sort of hybrid between the Balsam and the Fraser firs, and its characteristics and appearance is very similar indeed to the Frasers we grow here on the farm. The Canaan grows a little further north than the Fraser, being natively found from West Virginia up into the southernmost parts of Canada.


The Canaan grows around 1-2ft per year and up to around 50ft tall at the most. It’s a little more hardy than its close relatives (the Balsam and Fraser), growing in a broader range of conditions. In the sunny South East of the UK it does very well.

The Canaan tends to have a blue-green colour, but this can be a little different from tree to tree with some being a brighter green. The branches, like the Fraser, are stiff and quite upward-pointing. The Canaan will grow cones during the year but these will typically be shed well before the Christmas season.

Christmas Tree Credentials

Our Sussex Fir is a favourite because of its:

  • Citrus scent
  • Compact shape
  • Strong branches (good for decorations)
  • Dense appearance
  • Good needle retention

Farmer Tom Says:

"I'm so proud of it, I put my name on it!"
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