Fraser Fir is a mid-size coniferous tree found at the highest elevations of the southern Appalachian mountains. Like other firs, it has flat evergreen needles, up-pointing cones, and a narrow pyramidal form. The needles are shiny dark-green with two silvery-white bands on the lower surface, and the cones change from dark purple to gray-brown as they mature. Where it can be grown, the tree makes a very ornamental landscape plant.
Fraser Fir can make an attractive landscape plant, but it is difficult to grow in most areas. It needs a cool moist climate and well-drained acid soil, and is susceptible to drought, pollution, root rot, and attacks from several types of insects. It does best in full sun, but even there grows rather slowly.