Very popular Christmas tree in the East Coast. It has stiff branches, medium density, strong scent and extreme keepability. The branches angle upwards, giving it a compact appearance and a uniform pyramidal shape. Has a short dark green needle with silver undersides, giving it a very distinctive look. This specie has a very good fragrance and doesn’t loose a lot of needles.
More about Fraser Firs: The combination of form, needle retention, dark blue-green color, pleasant scent and excellent shipping characteristics has led to Fraser fir being a most popular Christmas tree species. North Carolina produces the majority of Fraser fir Christmas trees. It requires from 7 to 10 years in the field to produce a 6-7 feet tree.
North Carolinians and others from the southeastern United States are justifiably proud of the Fraser fir. It is endemic to the region, growing in the Appalachian Mountains at elevations above 4,500 feet in Virginia, North Carolina and part of Tennessee. Some authorities believe that today’s Frasers are descendents of trees that survived on uncovered patches of ground during the last Ice Age, some 20,000 years ago. In the wild, the Fraser fir can grow to be eighty feet tall. Modern Christmas tree farmers, however, groom and shape them for harvesting at a much smaller size.
The species was named for John Fraser, a plant collector, amateur botanist, publisher and explorer who visited the southeastern United States many times in the years just following the Revolutionary War. While Fraser did not discover the tree that bears his name, it was named in his honor by fellow botanist Frederick Traugott Pursh. Since the Fraser fir lives in mountainous areas, it is not logged intensively. The soft wood is sometimes used for such things as paneling and crates, and the fragrant bows for “pine pillows”, but the Fraser fir’s primary use is for fresh-cut Christmas trees.