The Balsam fir is one of the most remarkable trees for landscaping a home in Bloomington. It is often a small to medium sized tree that grows to about 45-65 feet tall. However, just like people the Balsam Fir can be found in a variety of heights; some up to 100 feet tall! This evergreen tree is also characterized by a narrow conical crown. Young trees have smooth barks with resin blister and as the tree grows, the bark turns rough and scaly. It has flat needle-like leaves and its seeds are formed in a cone. With time the cones disintegrate to release winged seeds. The tree is highly adaptable and grows in a wide range of climates and temperatures, making it a good choice for our wide-range of temps throughout the year.
You may know the Balsam fir best as a Christmas tree. Its symmetrical shape, dark green color and spicy scent have made it a big seller for Christmas. Another reason it is a favorite for Christmas is that it is easy to decorate and attach decorative ornaments. Upon being cut, the spiky leaves hold onto the branches for long without falling off. Its glamour will remain intact throughout the festive season. If you’ve ever thought of growing your own Christmas tree or if you love Christmas so much you want a “Christmas tree” in your yard year-round, the Balsam fir is the tree for you.
The Balsam fir is also a favorite among people who prefer all-natural ingredients in their healthcare products. The resin of the Balsam fir is reported to cure headaches when inhaled. The paste from its bark can be used to clean stained teeth. Cream and lotion prepared from the tree offers remedy for numerous skin problems. Balsam fir resin can be applied on wounds, cuts and burns to offer instant relief. Oil made from the tree helps offer relief from muscle pain and rheumatic pain. The tree has edible components that may be used in preparation of herbal tea and the herbal tea from the Balsam Fir comes in handy in treating constipation and respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis.
And a little bit of “useless knowledge” that might help you win a game of trivial pursuit: Before the invention of air mattresses and foam rubber, mattresses were made from balsam fir. Its dense foliage arranged on freshly cut trunks formed sweet scented beds, the likes of which you can see at Old Fort Snelling.
As long as it is properly planted and watered, the Balsam fir is easy to take care of and manage. It doesn’t do well during a drought or extremely hot temperature streaks, so if we have an unusually dry spell or prolonged heat wave in Bloomington, be sure to water the tree. It thrives best when the soil is moist.
To keep it growing strong and healthy, give our professional tree removal experts at Bloomington Tree Care a shout and we’ll prune it and remove the dead branches to keep your Balsam fir looking beautiful and healthy.