new topic for the Abies in Maryland discussion
Since we've broadened beyond my original question about A. lasiocarpa...if we're talking SEEDGROWN/own root firs in Maryland...
Looks like Abies firma would do fine from what I see. A. nordmanniana seems promising, but the "official" literature says it is heat and drought intolerant, I'm not sure how it would have handled a summer like 2007 or 2012 where it rained very little. However, other things I read say it's "one of the best" firs for the Mid-Atlantic, although that publication was specifically talking about the Philadelphia area.
Would a seedgrown A. pinsapo do well? A. pindrow as well.
When it comes down to it, though I can't find any of these as seedling trees anywhere around here. Only cultivars, and those are mostly grown from West-coast propagated liners, likely on poor rootstocks.