Abies procera (Noble Fir)
Native: Washington and Oregon at altitudes of 600-1500m
Location: Cultivated to elsewhere. Valuable as an ornamental tree.
Growth is rapid after a few years reaching 45-60m in its native environment, though rather less in cultivation.
Foliage is bluish and strongly parted on undersides of twigs, the needles sweeping upwards.
Pollen and Seed Cones
Male cones shed pollen in May and females form distinctive mature cones.
Mature cones are 20-25cm long with toothed downward pointing bracts, which almost cover the cone. Cones may be produced on relatively small trees, 5m.