Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) - named for John Fraser (1750-1811), is a small evergreen tree growing to between 30 and 50 feet (rarely to 80 ft). It grows naturally at elevations above 4,500 ft in the southern Appalachian mountains from southwest Virginia, through western North Carolina and into eastern Tennessee. Fraser fir is intermediate in shade tolerance and is usually found on fertile, rocky to sandy soils which are acidic. Fraser fir is a favorite for use as a Christmas tree. Its mild fragrance, shape, strong limbs and ability to retain its soft needles make it one of the best trees for this purpose. It takes 7-10 years to produce a 6-7 ft tree.