balsam fir tree
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Know Your Species: Balsam Fir

The variety and popularity of Christmas trees varies geographically. There are about 16 species of Christmas trees around the United States.

The classic tree (and the least expensive) in the Northeast is a balsam fir. It has a deep green color, excellent needle retention, and is one of the most aromatic of all the Christmas trees.

The balsam fir has dark green needles, needles that stay put, and is very fragrant.
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