Abies balsamea

var. phanerolepis Nova Scotia

Bracted Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir

In Stock: 0.658 lb (Total:0.658lb)
  • Abies balsamea phanerolepis

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Seed lots

0.7 lb


Germination test:
Seeds per lb:
0.66 lb
Collected in:
Sheet Harbour, N.S.
Crop year:
Min. hardiness zone:
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days
Germination: seed may start to germinate in cold strat., sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is often prefered to artificial strat and spring sowing 

Introducing Abies balsamea var. phanerolepis, also known as Bracted Balsam Fir or Canaan Fir. This variety boasts unique features, such as its fuller bottle-brush look thanks to needles that grow around the branch. But that’s not all – its buds break later in the spring, making it an ideal species for colder microclimates. Plus, the bracts subtending seed scales are longer and visible on the closed cone. Its name comes from the Canaan Valley in West Virginia, where it is native. Some botanists even believe this variety is a natural hybrid between balsam fir and Fraser fir, making it a truly unique and interesting tree. Whether you’re a plant enthusiast or simply looking to add more diversity to your yard, Bracted Balsam Fir is an excellent choice.

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