balsam fir


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balsam fir,

common name for the evergreen tree Abies balsamea of NE North American boreal forests. It has small needles and cones and is used for lumber. It is also called Canada balsamCanada balsam,
yellow, oily, resinous exudation obtained from the balsam fir. It is an oleoresin (see resin) with a pleasant odor but a biting taste. It is a turpentine rather than a true balsam.
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, as is the resin it produces, which is used as an adhesive in optical lenses and glass slides. Balsam fir is classified in the division PinophytaPinophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called gymnosperms. The gymnosperms, a group that includes the pine, have stems, roots and leaves, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Pinopsida, order Coniferales, family Pinaceae.

balsam fir

A softwood tree with coarse-grained wood, used for interior trim. See also: Wood
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Wearing my black-and-green checkered wool jacket and green wool pants, I blended in perfectly with the young balsam fir.
Before the second spruce budworm infestation, Kenora OMNR management staff estimated that balsam fir composition was [greater than or equal to] 40% in mixed-wood forests.
The top of a balsam fir is brittle and frozen that time of year, so it didn't take much to bring an 8-foot section toppling down into the snow Taking the top off the tree doesn't kill it.
In Vancouver, one western spruce board without field-cut treatment, two subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) boards, one with field-cut treatment and one without, one balsam fir field-cut treated board, and one ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) board without field-cut treatment were rated 7.
1970: Seasonal changes in carbohydrate and moisture content in needles of balsam fir (Abies balsamea).
Finally, one Christmas when Kate was too old to pull any more, Jean du Bois and his grandson Ti'Jean decide to hitch Muskeg to the sleigh like Santa's reindeer and let him pull a balsam fir home through the deep snow for their Christmas tree.
of New Brunswick, Canada) covers the 12 most common species indigenous to North America (balsam fir, eastern hemlock, tamarack larch, eastern white pine, jack pine, pitch pine, red pine, black spruce, red spruce, white spruce, eastern juniper, and eastern thuja), follows the life cycle of the tree, from seed to sapling, and compares genera and species at each stage.
FRASER FIR This tree smells like balsam--no surprise as this is the Southern sister of balsam fir.
The coniferous cover-types are a lowland conifer cover-type consisting of black spruce (Picea mariana), northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis) and tamarack (Larix laricina), and an upland conifer cover type consisting of red pine (Pinus resinosa), hemlock, balsam fir (Abies balsamea) and white spruce (Picea glauca).
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Tall birch and richly scented balsam fir encircle the labyrinth, which serves as a place to de-stress, re-energize and set intentions for the coming week.