Of all fir trees grown in NC, over 95% are Frasers for good reason. Frasers have strong limbs and soft needles with good retention after cutting. Perfectly shaped, Fraser firs have a pleasant long lasting fragrance.
Fraser Fir Growing Requirements
Frasers are native to TN, VA and GA in addition to NC and grow best in high elevations of western NC and southwestern Virginia. Fraser firs thrive with 75-100 inches of annual rain in cooler climates around 65 degrees and in full sun. Since Frasers bud in late Spring, these trees can take a later frost typical in these areas.
Growing time is most often mentioned as 7 years for maturing to the most popular height of 7-10 feet. Seven years does not include the fact that seedlings, already 2-3 years old, give Frasers a big head start.
Across NC, about 1300 tree farms grow Frasers on 40,000 acres. Fraser Firs from NC are shipped to every state in the US as well as neighboring countries and islands. NC Frasers constitute over 20% of real Christmas trees in the US.
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