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Author:Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. 1995. Northeast wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. Northeast National Technical Center, Chester, PA.
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Abies balsamea


Balsam Fir

In Stock: 2.947 lb (Total:2.947lb)
  • Abies balsamea Quebec

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2.95 lb
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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 

The Abies balsamea, also known as the Balsam Fir, is a popular tree commonly used as a Christmas tree in the northeastern USA. However, its uses extend beyond just its decorative value. The resin obtained from the Balsam Fir is an effective natural antiseptic and healing agent that has been used throughout the world for centuries. It is particularly renowned for its healing and analgesic properties, making it an excellent protective covering for burns, bruises, wounds, and sores, and a powerful curative for sore throat. The Balsam Fir buds, resin, and sap have been used in folk remedies to treat corns, warts and even cancers. This plant was widely used by various North American Indian tribes and is still used today due to its antiscorbutic, diuretic, diaphoretic, stimulant, and tonic properties. The tea made from the leaves is helpful in treating coughs, colds, and fevers. This tree is a slow grower but can reach a height of 60 feet at maturity, making it ideal for lumber, fuelwood, veneer, and naval store products. It is tolerant of shade, making it a great choice for landscaping projects in shaded areas. With its exceptional medicinal properties and its many uses, the Balsam Fir is truly a invaluable tree to have around.

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