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Silvical characteristics of balsam fir (Abies balsamea)Author(s): Arthur C. Hart
Source: Station Paper NE-122. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 22 p.
Publication Series: Science Perspectives (SP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionBalsam fir takes its name from the Latin word for balm. Some people know the tree as the Balm-of-Gilead fir. It has also been called the blister fir, because of the bark blisters that yield Canada balsam, a resin that is used for, among other things, mounting microscope slides. The needles of balsam fir have a spicy aroma that Donald Culross Peattie has called "the dearest odor of all Nature".
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CitationHart, Arthur C. 1959. Silvical characteristics of balsam fir (Abies balsamea). Station Paper NE-122. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 22 p.
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