Do Balsam Fir Trees Grow In Michigan

Question From: F. Trowbridge - Algonac, Michigan, United States
Q: I have always loved the smell of Balsam Evergreens , and would like to plant some around my home . The local green houses do not carry them . Do they grow well in my area ( Algonac Mi. 48001 )

A: The tree you are in search of is a balsam fir ( *Abies balsamea). *They are hardy in Michigan but tend to drop needles in hot dry weather. A more popular selection would be a Concolor Fir. (Abies concolor). Wiegands Nursery on Romeo Plank Road in Macomb should carry them. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy