Fraser Fir Overview
Abies fraseri is a mid-sized evergreen tree species in the Pinaceae family. Native to the eastern United States, this species is listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as endangered. It forms a narrowly conical crown, producing short, flat, needle-like leaves between 1-2cm in length. The leaves are coloured dark green on the upper surface and the lower surface has two distinctive white bands running down the length. They are borne abundantly on stiff, resinous stems. Cones measure 3-7cm in length, they are coloured dark purple as they develop, turning brown with maturity and they are surrounded by downward-pointing, showy modified leaf structures, termed bracts.