Silver fir is the species first used as a Christmas tree, but has been largely replaced by Nordmann fir (which has denser, more attractive foliage), Norway spruce (which
is much cheaper to grow), and other species.
 Its branches (including the leaves, bark and wood) were used for production of spruce beer.
The trees are full and dense with smell of resin, and are known to be one of the longest lasting after being cut.
 The wood is white, leading to the species name alba.
The name was used to refer to tall trees or ships.
 Ecology Silver fir is an important component species in the dinaric calcareous block fir forest in the western Balkan Peninsula.
 When cultivated on Christmas Tree plantations, the tree naturally forms a symmetrical triangle shape.
 In Italy, the silver fir is an important component of the mixed broadleaved-coniferous forest of the Apennine Mountains, especially in northern Apennine.
 It is closely related to Bulgarian fir (Abies borisiiregis) further to the southeast in the Balkan Peninsula, Spanish fir (Abies pinsapo) of Spain and Morocco and Sicilian
fir (Abies nebrodensis) in Sicily, differing from these and other related Euro-Mediterranean firs in the sparser foliage, with the leaves spread either side of the shoot, leaving the shoot readily visible from above.
 Silver fir wood extract was found to reduce the post-prandial glycemic response (concentration of sugar in the blood after the meal) in healthy volunteers.
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