Red Fir (Abies amabilis)
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The boughs are fragrant and can be hung in the home as an air freshener.
Wood – hard, light, not strong, close grained, not very durable. It is used for framing small buildings but is not strong enough for larger buildings. It is also used for crates, pulp etc[46, 61, 82, 226, 229].
This tree yields the resin ‘Canadian Balsam'. The report does not mention the uses of this balsam, but the following are the ways that it is used when obtained from A. balsamea:-
The balsamic resin ‘Balm of Gilead'[11, 46] or ‘Canada Balsam’ according to other reports[64, 226, 238] is obtained during July and August from blisters in the bark or by cutting pockets in the wood. Another report says that it is a turpentine. It is used medicinally and in dentistry, also in the manufacture of glues, candles and as a cement for microscopes and slides – it has a high refractive index resembling that of glass[11, 46, 64, 82, 222, 226, 238]. The average yield is about 8 – 10 oz per tree. The resin is also a fixative in soaps and perfumery[171, 238].
Cultivation & Habitat
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