Abies balsamea 'Nana'
Common name: 
Dwarf Balsam Fir
Pronunciation: 
A-bez bal-SA-me-a
Family: 
Pinaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Conifer
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  •  Evergreen shrub, very dwarf, globose form, top may flatten some with age, dense habit, branches outspread; needles 4-10 mm long, dark green, white stomatal lines below.
  • Sun or partial shade.  Benefits from protection from hot summer sun.   Provide ample water.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3          The species, Abies balsamea, Balsam Fir, has the widest range of any Abies in North America, from Labrador to Alberta (the only fir native to eastern Canada) and south to Pennsylvania.  The dwarf selection ‘Nana’ is from the White Mountains of New England.  It is widely cultivated and the only form generally grown in the west. It is similar, if not identical, to A. balsamea f. hudsonia (‘Hudsonia’).
  • balsamea: balsam producing, the bark
  • Nana: dwarf, derived from nanus, Greek, dwarf.
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  • plant habit

    plant habit

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    branches

  • needles

    needles

  • branchlets, comparison

    branchlets, comparison