Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) is a common coniferous plant Initially, the birthplace of balsamic fir is North America. On the territory of this country, this plant is quite common, and most often the tree grows in swampy places. The most favorable climate for the plant is a cool climate of high humidity, but high temperatures and heat are disastrous for fir. In natural conditions and in natural habitats, the tree can reach 25 meters in height and 0.8 meters in diameter. The outer covering of the trunk is brown bark. The root system is not very deep, on the contrary - it is close to the surface of the earth. Fir of this variety is called balsamic due to the fact that the tree secretes a specific aromatic resin, which, among other things, has healing and healing properties. The tree has an unusual cone-shaped crown. By themselves, the branches are quite thin, but long and located close to each other, so sometimes you can see instances of balsamic fir, the branches of which hang almost to the surface of the ground. The branches are covered with needles, the length of which can vary in the range from 1.5 to 2.5 centimeters. By themselves, these needles are not sharp, since there is a small notch at their tips. Fir of this variety also has cones, which are located at the very top of the tree in small and compact groups. Interestingly, over time, the cones change their color. At first, they have a slight purple hue, and then they can acquire brown tones. In the fall, the cones release the seeds needed for the plant to reproduce. Balsamic fir is a plant that has a long-lived status, as it can grow up to 300 years. At the same time, it is important to take into account that the growth rate of the tree is quite small and is only 1 meter in 10 years.