Japanese fir

Abies firmaCan fir trees grow in Savannah? At least a one species of the genus famous for providing Christmas trees grows comfortably in the heat and humidity of the coastal south, and it is the Japanese fir.

Botanically known as Abies firma, Japanese fir or momi fir is native to low and moderate elevations of central and southern Japan.

There are about fifty species of fir trees and they are mostly native to temperate and boreal regions of the northern hemisphere, mainly in mountainous areas.

Fraser fir, native to the southeastern Appalachian Mountains, is widely used for Christmas trees. Japanese fir can be found growing on the Armstrong campus in the Conifer Garden and on the east side of the Science Center.

 

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