The Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri) is our State Christmas Tree. It is an indigenous tree with a very small natural range growing only in Southwestern Virginia, Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina above 3900 feet.
Named for Scottish botanist John Fraser, it is cultivated for use as a Christmas tree locally as well as in Europe and Canada becoming one of the most popular do to its shape and needle retention. The Fraser fir is in high demand on the export market. It has received greater exposure on the world market than any other tree. In 2009 Steve Jobs placed two fresh cut Frasers in the window of every Apple store in the world. Fraser fir have been used more times as the White House Christmas tree than any other.