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Noble Fir

Scientific name: Abies procera

Type:Coniferous trees
Plant Requirements
Zone:5 to 9
Sun:Full sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:200 ft
Width:30 ft
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Noble fir is a Pacific Northwest native that is best known as a highly desirable Christmas tree during the holiday season.

Noble fir is a large evergreen that can grow to a height of 140’-200’ and a width of 30’ in a symmetrically pyramidal to narrow form. A large specimen can have a 3’-5’ diameter trunk! It bears needles which are 1” long and flattened in cross section. There is a prominent groove on the upper surface of the needles. The needles have a bluish white bloom on their surfaces. Needles curve upwards making them resemble a hockey stick.

Cones are 4”-6” long, and barrel shaped. They are borne upright on the branches. Mature cone scales are deciduous, falling off as the seeds within ripen.

Noble fir requires full sun for best growth. It can grow in a wide array of soils other than for those which are poorly drained. Noble fir is an attractive tree for ornamental planting and landscaping on larger planting sites.

Root rot is a major problem where the soil is wet during the winter. Interior needle blight can be common on older trees.
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