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White fir, also commonly called concolor fir, is native to the western United States and may reach sizes of 130-150 ft. in height and 3 to 4 ft. in diameter. The oldest white firs may occasionally reach 350 years of age. It produces a spire-like crown with a straight trunk.
On older trees, the lower one-half to one-third of the crown is often free of branches.
Leaves (needles) are small and narrow and occur in rows. On upper branches, needles tend to be thicker and more curved than those on lower branches. Needles are usually 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch long, pointed or notched at the tip, bluish-green when young turning dull green with age. Typically, they are flat, without stalks.
Where does Canaan fir fit into the scheme?
Canaan fir is so-named because several of the original trees with the intermediate morphology were identified from a limited area in West Virginia, generally referred to as the Canaan Valley. Taxonomically, Canaan fir is considered the same as bracted balsam fir and has the scientific name of Abies balsamea var. phanerolepis. However, growth traits of the trees from these southern regions are somewhat different than for other bracted balsam fir. Thus, there occurs a dilemma as to how Canaan fir should be classified. There are lots of opinions. The simplest solution is probably to consider Canaan fir as a special ecotype of bracted balsam fir; this ecotype having unique characteristics as a result of the environment to which it has been exposed. It is not currently considered a separate species.
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We have all types of Christmas Trees, including Grand Champions!Canaan Fir Concolor Fir (White Fir) 2006 State Fair Grand Champion! Douglas Fir 2008 State Fair Grand Champion! Fraser Fir (Frazer Fir, Frasier Fir) 2007 State Fair Grand Champion! Scotch Pine White Pine (Eastern White Pine)
Photo courtesy of National Christmas Tree Association. Excerpted from NCTA information prepared by Dr. Craig R. McKinley, North Carolina State University