Balsam Fir – Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service,

Fir, Balsam – 6-12″ (P+1)

Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) is a slow-growing, medium-sized tree, reaching heights of 25-60 feet.  It is very shade tolerant, relatively short-lived and aromatic.  Balsam fir prefers a moist to wet site, on an organic, well-drained sand or loam soil.  It is naturally fond on sites ranging from poorly drained swamps to well-drained uplands.

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Product Description

  • Seedling Size:  6-12″
  • Seedling Age:  P+1
  • Mature Height:  25 – 60 feet
  • Mature Width:  20 – 30 feet
  • Soil Type:  Sandy, Loamy, Clay
  • Moisture:  Moderate, Moist
  • Sun:  Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
  • Growth Rate:  Slow

Key Characteristics of Balsam Fir

  • The bark is a dull green, graying with age.
  • Cones stand upright on branches, characteristic of the genus, Abies.
  • Dark, shiny green needles grow up to 1″ long.
  • Shade and flood tolerant, but susceptible to salt and ice damage.

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Did You Know?

Balsam fir is favored for Christmas trees, garlands and wreaths.  Its branches can also be steamed to produce the fragrant oil of balsam.