A Fraser Balsam Fir hybrid (abies fraseri x balsamea), is a type of Christmas tree that is created by crossbreeding the Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) and the balsam fir (Abies balsamea) tree species. This hybrid is highly valued for its combined characteristics of both parent trees, including excellent needle retention, a pleasant fragrance, and a symmetrical shape.
The Fraser fir-balsam fir hybrid tree typically has a conical shape, with branches that are densely covered with short, soft needles. The needles are usually about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, bluish-green in color, and have two white lines on the underside.
The tree’s cones are about 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) long and cylindrical in shape, with a greenish-brown color and thin, papery scales. The cones are usually found at the top of the tree and are often persistent on the tree for several years.
One notable characteristic of the Fraser fir-balsam fir hybrid is its strong, pleasant fragrance, which is a combination of the balsam fir’s spicy scent and the Fraser fir’s citrusy aroma.
Overall, the Fraser fir-balsam fir hybrid is a popular and highly valued Christmas tree due to its attractive appearance, pleasant fragrance, and excellent needle retention. Its combined characteristics make it a favorite of many holiday decorators, and it is often considered one of the best Christmas tree varieties available.