Spermatophytes (seed plants): Gymnosperms (non-flowering plants): Conifers: Pinales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Balsam Fir, Northern Balsam, Canada Balsam, Blister Pine
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September Hancock County ME
Acadia National Park: Wild Gardens of Acadia
Bark initially thin, smooth except for resin blisters of aromatic "balsam", per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007).
Habitat: High elevation forests and cliffs (in VA); high elevation frost-pocket wetlands (WV), per Weakley's Flora
Native: north of the Carolinas
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Needles flattened, to 1.25" long
Needles not in bundles, arranged on all sides of twig
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America (Williams, 2007) p198
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide (Kirkman, Brown, & Leopold, 2007) p258
- Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988) p039
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide (Lance, 2004) p043
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