(a.k.a. Silver Fir, Eastern Fir, Canadian Fir)
(Abies balsamea or Pinus balsamea)
Highly fragrant and very popular as a Christmas tree, Balsam Fir evergreen seedlings can grow to heights of 60-90 feet, can grow in partial shade and darker, damp rich loamy soils, and can live for over 200 years.
This species of Fir serves well as an evergreen privacy screen or natural windbreak due to it’s decent one foot average annual growth rate combined with its dense foliage. The popularity of Balsam Fir evergreen seedlings for use as a Christmas tree cannot be overstated, due in large part to its pleasing conical shape, soft dark green short flat needles, and beautiful aroma. Be sure to pause and smell the coniferous odors when you open up a box of these beauties!
The Balsam Fir is so similar to the Fraser Fir that scientists believe that not too long ago [and we’re talking millennia here] they were one and the same. If you were hoping to buy Frasers and can’t locate any, Balsam Fir seedlings are your best bet. In general, Balsam Fir seedlings have fewer issues over all than their Fraser Fir cousins.
Wildlife rely extensively on this tree for shelter and also for food [mostly the seed], with Martens, hares and songbirds often taking refuge in thick Balsam Fir stands. Although deer will eat them, they do not prefer Balsams over other food sources. But keep in mind that this species is vulnerable to winter deer foraging when the tree is small.
Balsam Fir evergreen seedlings: characteristics and info• prefers hardiness zones 3-7
• prefers full sun to partial shade
• mature height and spread: up to 90ft high, 20-25ft spread
• prefers darker, richer soils; loamy soils; damp soils
• Wikipedia detailed info on Abies balsamea
• Balsam Fir Sizes and Availability:
--- Balsam Fir seedlings [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Balsam Fir transplants [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Balsam Fir plug seedlings [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Balsam Fir plug transplants [now shipping]
--- Balsam Fir conservation grade plug transplants [now shipping]
• order using the green buttons below (if visible), or use our evergreen mailorder form or our custom invoice request form
• Comparable alternative species: Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, and Fraser Fir. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
PRE-ORDER NOW FOR SPRING 2019!
These specific bare root evergreen trees are available for pre-order now and start shipping March 25, 2019. If you’d like to delay shipment to April or May of 2019, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please look at our various sizes and species of plug seedlings and plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.