Balsam Fir is a Popular Christmas Tree
It is widely used as a Christmas tree and for wreaths. It smells great! It’s a good specimen fir for the landscape, and as an ornamental yard tree. However, it should not be planted in a Zone number higher than Zone 5. The pungent resin yields Canada balsam, used in the manufacture of varnish as well as an adhesive for mounting microscope slides. Snowshoe hares use the trees as cover.
Balsam Fir is susceptible to spruce budworm. A favourite holiday tree.
Its natural habitat: Forests, native to central and eastern Canada, northeastern United States.
Caring for Balsam Fir
This tree does best in cool areas; does not tolerate heat and is shade tolerant. Low pollution tolerance. Shallow root system makes it easy to transplant.
Balsam Fir tolerates a variety of soil types but does best in well-drained acidic soils with pH 5.0 – 6.0 and can survive in wetland conditions.
Companion plant suggestions include The Pinaceae (pine family) are trees or shrubs, including cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces.
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Discover our resident and migratory birds in the Vallarta Botanical Garden! This February, the Gray-black Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) brings its buzzing song, grayscale plumage and yellow dot to the garden. Join us for our Bird and Nature Festival to celebrate the diversity of these feathered travelers and explore our coniferous and oak forests while they hunt insects and their larvae! Listen to the Warbler's song: http://bit.ly/3kPMpP6