|balsam fir (Abies balsamea)||
balsam fir (Abies balsamea; PINE FAMILY [Pinaceae]) Tall evergreen tree (40-60') with flat needles ¾-1½" long, blunt or notched at the tip, with 2 silvery bands of stomata on underside only. Needles are 2-ranked except on topmost branches, and have no stalk at all. Cones are cylindrical, purplish, 2-4" long, and point upward. Young bark has many resin "blisters"; mature bark is gray reddish-brown and occurs in scaly plates. Common near lakes and streams in the NE half of Wisconsin, but an upland species in the Canadian north woods. 
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