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Balsam Fir vs. Fraser Fir
The Balsam and Fraser Fir are closely related and share many characteristics. Whichever your choose, both make for excellent Christmas trees because of their needle retention, deep green color, ideal shape, and pleasing scent.
Balsam Fir -
Balsam Firs are traditionally a favorite choice for a Christmas tree. Balsams grow naturally in the Northeastern United States, including Northern New England, and they can also be found in parts of Canada. Balsams grow faster, which means their branches are generally not as sturdy as Frasers. Balsams, however, are often considered to be 'fuller' since their branches grow close together. Unlike the Fraser, Balsams have soft, flat, elongated needles. Their Fuller, but flexible branches and soft-to-the-touch needles make them an ideal choice for wreaths and other Christmas decorations. Balsams are also slightly more fragrant than Frasers.
Fraser Fir - Abies fraseri
Fraser Firs have gained popularity in recent years and are often referred to as the 'Cadillac' of Christmas trees. You can find Frasers growing naturally ih high altitude areas in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, parts of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Frasers have soft, short needles that are deep green in color with silvery undertones. Frasers are known for their stronger branches which helps them to hold up your heavier tree ornaments. Frasers are loved for their ability to stay fresh and fragrant throughout the holiday season. They have excellent needle retention and will hold their needles longer than Balsams.