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Balsam Fir vs Western Red Cedar

Abies balsamea

Thuja plicata

Balsam Fir
Western Red Cedar

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.

Western Red Cedar is native to the Pacific Northwest, and is the largest tree in the cypress family. Featuring horizontol branching with scale-like dark green foliage that has a strong aroma. The wood is naturally durable and light, and is resistent to decay and insects, making it sought after for house siding, panelling, furniture, and fences. This is British Colombia's offical tree.

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 5a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 45 m (150 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: any
Light: shade, partial shade
Bark: distinctive resinous pockets in younger trees
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: fast
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: none





Other Names: balm of gilead, blister fir, canada balsam, eastern fir, fir-balsam
Other Names: giant cedar, pacific red cedar