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Balsam Fir

Abies balsamea

Age Comment per 10 per 25 per 100 per 500 per 1000

3 yr 5-8" N/A N/A

4 yr 8-14"

ONLY Available in the Christmas Tree Sampler Package.


The original old-fashioned Christmas tree. Steeple-shaped evergreen tree with soft, flat blue-green extremely fragrant needles up to 1" long. Excellent needle retention and strong boughs support heavy ornaments. Shearing transforms these trees into full plantation grown trees with sturdy branches. Prefers moist, well-drained soils; avoid planting in low areas. This variety is the result of years of tree improvement work in our seed orchard in Boscawen. It is highly sought after by Christmas tree growers for its blue-green to blue color and dense foliage. Mature height 50 to 75'. Seed Source: NH State Nursery seed orchard.
Sheared Balsam Fir
Sheared Balsam Fir
Balsam  Fir 4-0
Balsam Fir 4-0
Balsam Fir 3-0
Balsam Fir 3-0
Balsam Fir 4-0 Seedbeds
Balsam Fir 4-0 Seedbeds


Seedling Catalog

Click here for a pdf of the Spring 2017 catalog.

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Please contact the Nursery directly for availability of seedlings.

As reported last year, we have experienced two open winters which has resulted in losses, particularly the true firs used primarily in the culture of Christmas trees. We have experimented with different mulches and have found a promising fix to the problem of frost heaving. In fact, our 2year old beds have some of the best looking stock we have seen.  Unfortunately for our Christmas tree customers, it takes a minimum of 3 years to grow a field ready seedling, so one more year will be needed before our saleable numbers of firs will be at good levels again.  

Balsam, Fraser, Canaan, and Concolor fir will not be available this year in standalone sales.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused our growers.