(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 seedlings can grow to heights of 60-90 feet, can grow in partial shade and darker damp rich 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 1 foot average annual growth rate combined with its dense foliage. The popularity of Balsam Fir 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 take 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 fact, Balsam Fir seedlings have fewer issues over all than their Fraser 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. And although deer will eat them, they do not prefer Balsams over other food sources, but this species is vulnerable.
These specific bare root evergreen seedlings are available and shipping now [shipping info]. If you’d like to delay shipment, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. However, shipping season for these specific evergreen trees ends around Thanksgiving week 2018 and resumes in Spring 2019. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please look at our various sizes and species of evergreen plug seedlings and evergreen plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.