[Abies balsamea var phanerolepis]
[a.k.a. West Virginia Balsam Fir]
Canaan Fir transplants are very similar to the Balsam Fir and the Fraser Fir in appearance, grow zones and other characteristics. That makes this species a very desirable landscape ornamental and a perfect Christmas tree.
This ecotype [or variation] of Balsam Fir likes richer, darker soils with ample water. It stands out from the often troublesome Fraser Fir in that the Canaan Fir can handle wetter soils and is less affected by root disease. Canaan Fir is naturally Phytophthora resistant, whereas Fraser is not. This species is therefore an excellent substitute for Fraser Fir in problematic environments such as poorly draining areas.
The Canaan Fir is naturally found in isolated populations at higher elevations. It is slower to break bud than Fraser Fir or Balsam Fir, making it less prone to damage from a late frost. If you’ve been watching the weather since 2010, this alone is a valuable characteristic to have. Gorgeous trees damaged by frost freezes are not gorgeous trees. This species will reach heights of up to 50ft with a nice pyramidal shape under normal circumstances. It provides excellent privacy and wind protection due to its dense growth.
The Canaan Fir is named for the Canaan Valley in West Virginia. If you have tried Balsam Fir and Fraser Fir but have experienced poor results, this species is an excellent alternative.
Canaan Fir transplants: characteristics and info• prefers hardiness zones 3-7
• does ok in full sun but prefers partial shade
• mature height and spread: up to 50 ft high, 15-20 ft spread
• prefers dark rich soils, swampy soils, wet loamy soils, low areas and around ponds and streams
• Penn State Ag Extension info on Abies balsamea var phanerolepis
• Canaan Fir Sizes and Availability:
--- Canaan Fir transplants [sold out till Fall 2020]
--- Canaan Fir plug seedlings [sold out till Spring 2021]
--- Canaan Fir plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2020]
• Comparable alternative species: Balsam 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 $45.00 (5 bareroot evergreen transplants)
10-pack for $57.00 (10 bare root evergreen transplants)
25-pack for $109.00 (25 bare root evergreen transplants)
50-pack for $179.00 (50 bare root evergreen transplants)
100-pack for $273.00 (100 bare root evergreen transplants)