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Firs are trees of the pine family and belong to the genus Abies. Firs can be distinguished from other members of the pine family by the fact that their leaves are attatched to the twig by a base that resembles a small suction cup.

Firs are found throughout North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

The wood of most firs is considered inferior, and is often used as pulp or for the manufacture of plywood and rough lumber. Balsam firs Abies balsamea are a popular Christmas tree.

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