European Silver Fir – Abies alba
This lovely tree, native to the mountainous regions of Europe, can grow to 60 meters . 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, abete argentato, abete bianco, abeto blanco .
Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomas “Flora von Deutschland” 1885 
22 years old and about 20 feet tall.
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- ITIS standard report Abies alba
- Zelimir Borzan. “Tree and Shrub Names”, University of Zagreb, 2001.
- Wikipedia, “Abies alba“
- Wikimedia Commons, File:Illustration Abies alba0.jpg