Fraser fir Pinaceae Abies fraseri
Leaf:Flattened needles, 3/4 inch long, blunt or notched at the end, shiny dark green above and silvery below. Needles generally more dense than on the very similar balsam fir.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males yellow to purple; females in upper crown, inconspicuous, purple.
Fruit:Resinous cones are upright, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long, cylindrical, green to purple, with pointed, toothed bracts protruding from the cone scales; scales are deciduous with seed dispersal in fall.
Twig:Yellow-green, later turning gray; buds round, reddish brown, resinous; leaf scars are flat and rounded.
Bark:Silvery gray-brown, smooth except for resin blisters, largest stems may become a bit scaly.
Form:Fraser fir is a small to medium size tree to 80 feet, with a very narrow, spire-like crown.