Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
[ Trees > Conifers > Firs . . . ] Forest Type: Boreal Forest
by Michael Kuo
Habitat: In pure stands in swamps, but usually mixed when on higher ground; requires abundant moisture.
Stature: 40-60 feet high; to 1.5 feet in diameter; narrowly pyramid-shaped.
Needles: 3/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches long; dark green; vaguely grooved; in two rows; attached directly to branches, without pegs.
Bark: Thin; gray; smooth but interrupted by frequent resin blisters, especially on young trees; eventually somewhat scaly, thicker, and reddish brown.
Cones: 2-4 inches long; dark purple.
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Kuo, M. (2005, January). Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/abies_balsamea.html