|'Variegata' has distinct white variegated, flat, blunt needles and grows into a pyramid shape. Popular as a Christmas tree, Abies balsamea rarely grows above 50 feet. Lustrous, dark green leaves are 1-inch long, forward pointing. Cones are blue-violet when young, turning gray-brown. Grows best in cooler climates and plenty of sun. Soil should be acidic.