Fir growth in Georgia

Q: I’m very anxious to try to grow fir trees. Will Frasier or balsam fir grow in upper north Georgia?

A: Fraser fir is worth a try but your elevation is pretty low to be successful. Firs grow best at elevations near 5000 feet. Fraser fir and balsam fir have wax-covered needles that protect them from harsh cold. Unfortunately, the wax covering is harmful when conditions are hot and humid. Spider mites, Phytophthora root rot and wooly adelgid are common problems. My advice: choose a cold planting spot with deep, loose soil and install your trees. There is always a chance they will prosper.

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