Foliage of Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) Growing in Shade

Photo of Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

branches of a conifer covered in flat rows of deep green needles, illuminated by sunlight, in a shady coniferous forest

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This photo shows the foliage of a balsam fir (Abies balsamea) growing in a shady, forested setting. In low-light conditions, the needles arrange themselves flat along the twig, so as to maximize the capture of sunlight. Shade-grown foliage also tends to have a rich green color, contrasting with the more bluish color of sun-grown foliage, like in this photo.

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