|Abies pinsapo is a tall evergreen, columnar when young and maturing to a more irregular habit. Reaches heights of 80 feet and widths of 15 to 25 feet. Needles are sharp, dark green to blue and arranged radially on the shoot. Beautiful raspberry colored buds are borne in spring. Cones are cylindrical, yellow to green before ripening to brown and releasing seeds. Performs best when given partial shade and ample water in well drained soil, but tolerates dry, alkaline conditions. The cultivar, 'Aurea' has a conical shape and needles that are flat, blunt and yellow in color. It's a slow grower and quite short. This dense fir enjoys a good amount of sun but prefers cooler climates. It does best in an acidic soil.