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Balsam fir long a favorite for Christmas

I found this particular balsam fir growing near the top of Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts.
I found this particular balsam fir growing near the top of Mount Greylock in western Massachusetts.
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Many of us are getting ready to pick out a Christmas tree, and if you’re anything like me you’ll be looking for a balsam fir (Abies balsamea). This tree has been used at Christmas for more than 400 years and today it is one of the most sought-after Christmas trees in the United States. The natural range of the balsam fir extends from eastern Minnesota across northern sections of Wisconsin, Michigan and New York, and ...


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