Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

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Latin Name: Abies balsamea

Zones: 3-7

Common Names: balsam, Canada balsam, eastern fir, balm of Gilead, blister fir

Mature Height/Spread: Balsam Fir can grow 45-75 ft. high and have a 20-25 ft. spread in ideal conditions. Has a slow growth rate of less than 12″ per year.

Soil/Climate: Balsam fir prefer cold climates, well-drained, acidic soil, dislikes heat and dry air, not well-adapted to cultivation. Prefers full sun and partial shade.

Notes: Needles are variable, up to 1″ long buds are resinous. Balsam Fir are widely used as Christmas trees. The resin was used to make Canada Balsam: a liquid used to treat the common cold as well as glue eye glasses. Balsam Fir oil is also approved by the EPA as a non-toxic rodent repellent.

Wildlife: Provides food for moose, American red squirrels, crossbills and chickadees, as well as shelter for moose, snowshoe hares, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and other small mammals. Beavers sometimes use the Balsam Fir wood for dam building.

Cold Stream Farm supplies Balsam Fir trees which are grown as bare root seedlings and transplants and sold both wholesale and retail with no minimum order.

Additional information on Abies balsamea can be found on the link: USDA / NRCS plants database.

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Dimensions 1 × 1 in


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