Balsam Fir, a tree native to areas of northeast and north central United States and much of eastern Canada, is widely grown as a Christmas tree throughout its native range. Its .75” to 1.25” long needles are flattened in cross-section (do not roll easily between fingers), have blunt tips and are attached individually to the twigs. Needle color is generally dark green with two wide bands on the lower surface. Balsam fir makes an extremely attractive Christmas tree, producing a pleasant balsam aroma and having the layered appearance commonly associated with traditional Christmas trees. Branches are relatively stiff, capable of supporting numerous ornaments. Needle retention of fresh cut trees is good. Because of it susceptibility to late spring frosts, balsam fir is generally grown by only a few Christmas tree growers in the northern part of Ohio.


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