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Balsam Fir vs Eastern White Cedar (Arborvitae)

Abies balsamea

Thuja occidentalis


(new stock expected: fall of 2018)

Balsam Fir
Eastern White Cedar (Arborvitae)

Balsam Fir - best known as a "Christmas tree" - doesn't just look great in living rooms; it's a terrific tree for your yard too!

This fir grows tall and narrow. Balsam Fir is cold hardy, shade tolerant, and will thrive in most soil types and moisture levels..

Eastern White Cedar is a slender growing conifer often used as a decorative tree or a hedge. This tree is an effective privacy screen even in winter and a great long term solution to urban crowding or a drab yard.



Lowest Price: $2.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 2b
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: any
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Bark: distinctive resinous pockets in younger trees
Bark: gray to reddish brown, flat connected ridges
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: low
Maintenance: low
Suckering: none
Suckering: none
Pollution tolerance: low
Pollution tolerance: medium

Other Names: balm of gilead, blister fir, canada balsam, eastern fir, fir-balsam
Other Names: american arborvitae, eastern arborvitae, northern white cedar

Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes
Ships To Canada: yes
Ships to USA: yes