|European Silver Fir – Abies alba|
Family Pinaceae: Pine, Cedar, Spruce, Fir
This lovely tree, native to the mountainous regions of Europe, can grow to 60 meters .
Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm ThomÃ© "Flora von Deutschland" 1885 
22 years old and about 20 feet tall.
Leaves are needle-like, flattened, 1.8â€“3 cm long and 2 mm wide by 0.5 mm thick, glossy dark green above 
Anecdotal evidence suggests silver fir was the first tree used in Europe as a Christms tree. The custom of decorating small evergreens originated in Germany and Switzerland. The United States now reportedly consumes 35 to 40 million trees each Christmas season . Most are raised on tree farms or plucked ceremoniously from a friendly, neighborhood woodlot or forest.
Silver Fir is native to Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, France and Spain . Common names for this tree include Christmas tree, European silver fir, silver fir, WeiÃŸtanne, abete argentato, abete bianco, abeto blanco .
50-year-old bark is dotted with diamond-shaped plaques
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