The Balsam Fir is a beautiful dark-green color with airy, flexible branches that may not be able to hold heavy ornaments. It has an attractive form, it holds its needles well, and gives off a pleasant fragrance for your home.
First described in 1768, balsam fir is a medium-sized tree generally reaching 40-60 feet in height and 1-1 1/2 feet in diameter. It exhibits a relatively dense, dark-green, pyramidal crown with a slender spire-like tip. The scientific name "balsamea" is an ancient word for the balsam tree, so named because of the many resinous blisters found in the bark. Balsam fir and Fraser fir have many similar characteristics, although geographic ranges of the two species do not overlap.
On lower branches needles generally occur as two-ranked (two rows along sides of the branch), 3/4 - 1 1/2 inches long, spreading and not crowded. On older branches, the needles tend to be shorter and curved upward so as to cover the upper sides of the twigs. Individual needles are somewhat flat and may be blunt or notched at the end. Needles have a broad circular base and are usually dark green on the upper surface, lighter on the lower surface. Two silvery bands of stomata (pores) are found on the lower surface.
- City Grange delivers holiday items to curbside only. We do not offer in-house installments at this time.
- Unless we are instructed otherwise, all items will be placed close to your front door.
- While we aim to deliver during the timeframe you've indicated, please note that holiday traffic in Chicago is very busy, and there are circumstances outside of our control that may require the delivery time to change. If that occurs, we will notify you with updates as soon as we possibly can.
- Tipping the driver is optional
- Show up at the store with your electronic receipt
- Follow directions for the special pre-order checkout line
- We'll help you complete your hassle-free transaction