Do I have a Fraser/Frazier Fir?
When I went to the Missouri Botanical Garden, I asked about identifying my fir trees in my backyard and after talking with them, they thought I had a Fraser/Frazier Fir. When I searched on this conifer forum, I discovered that there are MANY varities of Abies Fraseri.
What is the best way to identify what I have? At the botanical garden, they had a really mature clump of trees that looked a lot like mine that were noted as being Fraser Firs, but this was a couple of years ago and if there was an additional name on the same tag, I don't know what it was.
The whole reason this came up was that when talking with a local nursery owner about identifying my trees, they disagreed because they said they don't grow well in our zone. Since I wasn't sure of the exact variety, I didn't argue. These firs may very well have been live Christmas Trees planted by the previous owners.
I am trying to find out about whether or not these untrimmed trees can be shaped without losing their natural look (which I like), because they are starting to get so crowded together that some of the branches at the bottom are losing needles. The boughs also bend down and the pendulous little side branches end up touching the plantings below or even the ground because of the weight. I have recently cut some of the lowest limbs, but it is only a matter of time before the next limb up is doing the same thing.
What do you think I have and how would you manage the pruning?