(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 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. While Fraser Fir can suffer from root diseases such as the dreaded Phytophthora in wet planting locations, this species is generally less susceptible.
The popularity of Abies balsamea for use as a Christmas tree cannot be overstated. This is 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 Fraser Fir seedlings and can’t locate any, Balsam Fir are your best bet. In general, Balsam Fir 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]. 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: 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 [sold out till Spring 2023]
--- Balsam Fir transplants [sold out till Spring 2023]
--- Balsam Fir plug seedlings [sold out till Spring 2023]
• Comparable alternative species: Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, and Fraser Fir. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
CURRENTLY SOLD OUT in this species in this size, see size and availability options above. Please consider joining our very unobtrusive email list to be notified when we begin selling and shipping this species in this size. You may also request a custom invoice to reserve these trees in your name for a later ship date.
Prices below include all shipping and handling and a one year guarantee*:
5-pack for $29.00 (5 bare root evergreen seedlings)
10-pack for $39.00 (10 bare root evergreen seedlings)
25-pack for $57.00 (25 bare root evergreen seedlings)
50-pack for $80.00 (50 bare root evergreen seedlings)
100-pack for $115.00 (100 bare root evergreen seedlings)