|Abies cilicica is a tall evergreen reaching 60 to 70 feet in height. Its needle-like leaves spread forward and upward, bright green above, narrow whitish bands beneath. The growth habit is columnar, forming a tall spire. The foliage appears gray-green from a distance. It survives heavy clay soil and temperatures of -25F, although in the wild it can be found growing with Cedar of Lebanon on calcareous, rocky soils with hot dry summers, mild and moist winters.
It bears cones that are 6 to 10 inces long, 2 1/2 inches wide, reddish brown and cylindrical. Native to Asia minor, Syria; introduced in 1855.