Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri)

Fraser Fir

The Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) is a tall Fir tree that has short dark-green needles with silver undersides. With its compact, pyramidal shape, and long-lasting aroma, it has become one of the classier conifers! Fraser Fir is a medium-sized, dense evergreen tree has wood that is light, soft; not strong and coarse-grained.

With dense needles that form in short spiked bottlebrushes all over the entire stem. Featuring a lovely green hue, the stems become accented with small colorful young cones that develop into long, finely scaled dangling brown cones by autumn.

It has continued to edge out all other species by major retailers because of its endurance, marketability, and functionality. It is grown extensively for Christmas trees in North Carolina, where it is ranked as the number one Christmas tree by the Christmas tree industry!

Planting and Application:

Because of this density and compactness, Fraser Fir is a great ornamental and Christmas tree. The Fraser Fir has soft needles, incomparable needle retention, a long-lasting aroma, and strong branches for even the heaviest ornaments! Don’t take too many branches for crafts and winter décor, because you’ll want to keep the to-the-ground privacy they provide! But if you do prune any of their limbs, you’ll enjoy fragrant boughs for wreaths, bouquets and outdoor planter decorations.

These are iconic front yard specimen trees and provide incredible focal points and eye-catching features for your landscape! These trees are a boon to songbirds and wildlife! The dense branching is safe haven and protection from the elements for a wide range of bird species. Fraser Firs will protect you and your home as well by way of becoming incredible windbreaks, shelterbelts and hold back drifting snows.

  • Gorgeous Green Evergreen Needles
  • Lasting Aroma
  • Popular Christmas Tree
  • Great Pyramidal Shape
  • Easy To Grow

Tips for Care:

This Fir tree is relatively low-maintenance and usually looks its best without pruning, although it can take some pruning. It will grow in most locations but must have good drainage, does best in full sun to partial shade, prefers moist to wet soil, and has a strong preference for sandy, acidic soils. It thrives better when planted in a relatively sheltered location.

  • Full Sun & Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Sandy to Average Soil
  • Moderate Moisture & Low Once Established
  • Highly Adaptable
  • Prune Sparingly

The Fraser Fir tree is a classic evergreen that will add curb appeal and protection to you and your feathered friends!

Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) Details

Common name Fraser Fir
Botanical name Abies fraseri
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 4-7
Growth rate Slow
Height 40 - 60 ft.
Width 20 - 25 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Soil condition Well-Drained Sandy
Pollinator-friendly No
Flower color Non-Showy Cones
Leaf color Dark Green