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Balsam Fir Forestry Plugs

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Evergreen Plug

Zones:  3-5

Soil Type:  Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  50-70' and 20-25' Spread

Growth Rate:  Slow - 8-12" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average

Balsam Fir Bare Root Trees Also Available - CLICK HERE

Plant Characteristics

Balsam Fir Forestry Plugs

Abies balsamea

Sold only by the full box of trees

Now you have access to the same trees planted by the giant timber companies, tree farms and many forestry agencies! The roots of our P1 size trees are surrounded by a plug of soil which is 3.3 cubic inches while our P2 trees have a plug of soil 4.9 cubic inches in volume. Our P3 Super Plug trees boast a soil plug volume of a whopping 15.3 cubic inches, over 3X the size of its P2 counterpart! The biomass of the trees also increases substantially with each plug size increment. This includes the soil plug size, root system and stem diameter.

Specs for the soil plug surrounding the roots:

P1 size | 1.1” Diameter | 3.74” Depth | 3.7 cubic inch soil plug

P2 size | 1.24” Diameter | 4.33” Depth | 4.9 cubic inch soil plug

P3 size Super Plug | 2” Diameter | 5.96” Depth | 15.3 cubic inch soil plug

    • The Balsam Fir is another classic Christmas tree as is the Fraser Fir 
    • The bark on the Balsam Fir is thin, ash gray and smooth.  Younger trees have blisters on the bark that contain a sticky resin which is very fragrant
    • While always a beautiful evergreen, the tree does slightly lose it's shapely Christmas tree form as it ages
    • This conifer prefers cold climates to the heat and dryness of some others
    • In its natural habitat, it is common to see the Balsam Fir associated with Black Spruce, White Spruce and Quaking Aspen

    Fun Fact:  Balsam Fir oil is an EPA approved non toxic rodent repellent.

  • Common Uses for the Balsam Fir:

    • Popular Christmas tree
    • Evergreen
    • Specimen tree
    • Good wildlife value
    • Grown for pulpwood and small sawtimber used in light framing

The Balsam Fir provides food for deer, moose, American red squirrels, crossbills and chickadees.  This conifer provides shelter for moose, snowshoe hares, white-tailed deer, ruffed grouse and other small mammals and songbirds. Timber wolves, pine marten, fisher, lynx, and bobcat are associated with the type of woodland in which the Balsam Fir grows.  The needles are eaten by some lepidopteran caterpillars.

Product Questions

How many plugs are included per box?
Question by: Ray Kline on Jan 10, 2023, 4:44 PM
We have two options this year,
100 quantity box, or
360 quantity box.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 10, 2023, 4:53 PM