|Abies nobilis or Noble Fir, is a tall evergreen reaching 270 feet in native stands, generally 50 to 100 feet in cultivation. It has a symmetrical, narrow growth habit, with blue-green conifer needles. The bark is grey and smooth with noticeable resin blisters. The mature cones are 6 to 10 inches long, 3 inches wide, purplish brown. It is a medium to slow grower, reaching 75 feet in 30 to 60 years. It likes moist well drained conditions with sun or partial shade, and can do well in rocky soils if there is enough moisture. It does not tolerate high pH soils or heavily windy conditions.
The cultivar 'Glauca' is better suited to cultivation than the species. Can be subject to spruce budworm, wooly aphid and some cankers. Native to the Cascades in Washington, Oregon and the Siskiyou Mountains of California. Introduced 1830.