The Fraser Fir was named for John Fraser, a Scottish botanist, who explored the southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina in the late 1700’s. The Fraser Fir is a pyramid-shaped tree with a straight trunk that reaches a maximum height of 80 feet and a trunk diameter of 1-1 1/2 feet. The Fraser Fir grows naturally only in the southern Appalachians, above 4,000 feet in elevation. The cool temperatures and abundant rainfall of North Carolina’s high country help the Fraser Fir to keep its needles throughout the Christmas season.
This is why you will not see the Fraser Fir sold at Pahl’s tree and shrub lot in May. But in November it will be the most popular Christmas tree we sell. I always buy a Fraser Fir and I love them. The needles are firm yet soft to the touch. The back of the needle is a silver blue color. The branches are strong to support lights and decorations, and the fragrance is as good as a Balsam Fir. You may have to pay a little more for a Fraser, but it is a great tree for its needle retention so you can enjoy your tree longer.