The Fraser Fir is a medium-size evergreen, closely related to the Balsam Fir, growing up to 82 feet (25 meters) with a trunk diameter of up to 2.5 feet (0.75 meters), native to southeastern Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Its bark is usually grey-brown, thin and smooth with resin blisters, and may become scaly with age, with a pyramidal crown with horizontal branches. The needles are small and flat, arranged spirally on the twigs, growing to 0.5 – 1 inch (1.2 – 2.5 centimeters) long, with dark green upper sides and dark green under sides with white bands. Within a mature tree, the upright, cylindrical and resinous purplish cones will mature to a light brown cone and will grow to be 1.4 – 2.8 inches (3.5 – 7 centimeters) long.
Due to their pleasant fragrance, appearance, strong twigs and strong needle retention, the Fraser Fir is widely used within the Christmas Tree Industry.
Please click on the Comparison Charts link to compare the differences between the numerous evergreens.