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Balsam Fir vs Fat Albert Spruce

Abies balsamea

Picea pungens Fat Albert

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Balsam Fir
Fat Albert Spruce

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.

The Fat Albert Spruce is a cold-hardy evergreen variety with silvery-blue needles, and a large, tear-drop shape. It is deer resistant, and considered a good choice for xeriscaping projects as it is quite drought tolerant.

The Fat Albert Spruce is a Blue Spruce cultivar that was introduced in the late 1970’s by the Iseli Nursery and is named after the fictional character of the same name.

BALSAM FIR QUICK FACTS

FAT ALBERT SPRUCE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 2a
Zone: 2a
Height: 25 m (82 ft)
Height: 5 m (15 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: any
Light: partial shade, full sun
Bark: distinctive resinous pockets in younger trees
Growth rate: slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: none





Other Names: balm of gilead, blister fir, canada balsam, eastern fir, fir-balsam