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Abies procera
noble fir

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest in Washington; northern Washington to the Siskiyou Mountains in northern California.

Habitat: Deep forests where there is sufficient moisture, moderate to fairly high elevations.

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


A tall, symmetrical tree up to 70 m. tall, the branches short, stiff and spreading.


Bark readily flaking, grayish-brown, dark reddish-brown beneath.


Leaves bluish-green to silvery, 1.5-3 cm. long, thicker in the middle, crowded, stiff and upturned, with two white bands on the lower surface and a single broad band on the upper.


Staminate cones reddish, pendant and catkin-like, 7-20 mm. long, on the lower side of branches near the middle of the tree or above; ovulate cones only near the top of the tree, single and erect, 11-13 cm. long and up 6 cm. thick, the scales dark reddish-brown, nearly concealed by ruffle-edged, slender-pointed, straw-colored to olive bracts.

Accepted Name:
Abies procera Rehder
Publication: Rhodora. 42: 522. 1940.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Abies nobilis (Douglas ex D. Don) Lindl.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Abies procera in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Abies procera checklist entry

OregonFlora: Abies procera information

E-Flora BC: Abies procera atlas page

CalPhotos: Abies procera photos

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