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Abies balsamea

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

Photo Courtesy of Fernridge Landscaping

More About Abies balsamea

  • Grows in a pyramidal open habit
  • Needles are emerald-green
  • One of the most aromatic of all firs
  • Purple cones grow upright and disintegrate while still on the plant
  • May benefit from light pruning and shaping when young to develop into a specimen plant

Zone:

2

Height:

18-20 m

Spread:

6-8 m

Colour:

Green
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Balsam Fir Growing and Maintenance Tips

Balsam fir grows best in an acidic moist to damp soil. Avoid planting in heavy clay. Frequently used for cut Christmas trees.


Abies balsamea Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Fragrant
Fragrant
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Evergreen
Evergreen

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average

Growth Rate

Medium

Habit

Conical

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Naturalizing
Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Abies balsamea

Abies fraseri

Abies fraseri

Fraser Fir

Picea mariana

Picea mariana

Black Spruce

Picea glauca

Picea glauca

White Spruce