7 Fascinating Fir Tree Facts You Should Know 

Fir and spruce needles are linked individually to twigs, while pines have bunches. Spruce needles are rigid and angular, while fir needles are soft and flat. 

Fir Tree Needles Are Softer

Lasting seven weeks or more, Fraser firs typically retain their needles longest after being cut. 

Fraser Firs Are Long Lasting

Balsam firs grow about 12 inches a year, taking nine to 10 years to get to the ideal Christmas tree height. So be patient! 

Balsam Firs Have a Slow Growth Rate

Douglas firs reach a height of 300 feet or more in the wild. Despite the name, this tree is not a true fir, pine or spruce. 

Douglas Firs Tower Over Other Trees

Fir tree cones stand upright from branches rather than hanging down. They vary in size from 1 1/2 to 10 inches. 

Look to the Cones for a Tree Clue

Firs are generally long-lived, with the Pacific silver fir sometimes surviving 800 years. 

Centuries Long Lifespan

Fraser firs are mountain trees. They grow wild only in the Appalachians at altitudes of 4,500 feet or higher. 

High Elevation Fir Trees


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