Fraser Fir

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Fraser fir (Abies fraseri)
Fraser fir (Abies fraseri)

Common Name(s): Fraser fir

Scientific Name: Abies fraseri

Distribution: Southeastern United States (Appalachian mountains); widely cultivated in the United States and Europe

Comments: Named after John Fraser, a botanist who made collections in the Appalachian region in the late 1700s. The tree is sometimes suggested to merely be a subspecies of the closely related balsam fir (Abies balsamea)—though it is generally accepted as a distinct species.

Although Fraser fir is widely planted and grown for harvest as Christmas trees, the species is considered endangered (according to the IUCN Redlist) in its natural range within the Appalachian mountains.

Note: This is a truncated profile page. If you have any helpful info or experience with this wood species, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to integrate any relevant data when I expand the page. ~Eric

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