There is a place in Canada that is busy creating and improving the average balsam fir tree and this place is the Christmas Tree Research Centre in Nova Scotia. It is where Dalhousie University’s Raj Lada is the director of the Christmas Tree Research Centre. At the Centre they have been busy creating the SMART balsam tree that can actually hold its needles for up to three months!
It turns out that needle retention is very important for Christmas tree producers and fortunately the Christmas tree capital of the world for balsam fir trees can be found in Nova Scotia which also has a perfect climate for growing them.
At the Christmas Tree Research Centre they believe that the SMART balsam tree will revolutionize the Christmas tree production and exporting possibilities. According to Lada’s team in 2019 they will begin planting them. It really is then a Christmas dream come true for many who dislike sweeping up tree needles during the festive season.