Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.
Common Name: BALSAM FIR
Coefficient of Conservatism: 3
Coefficient of Wetness: 0
Wetness Index: FAC
Physiognomy: Nt Tree

Coniferous and mixed forests, often with aspen or paper birch (especially in a rather characteristic association near the Great Lakes shores); cedar swamps, bogs, and spruce-fir stands.

Readily recognized by the smooth round leaf scars, this aromatic plant is a popular Christmas tree, since the needles do not fall readily as do those of the spruces. Resin-filled pustules are characteristic of the bark of this species, and the young female cones are often heavily resinous.

Locations

Alcona County
Alger County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Clare County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Iron County
Isabella County
Kalkaska County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Montmorency County
Newaygo County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Schoolcraft County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 17, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1916.