Origin: west coast of North America. Height: 85 m in its natural habitat, 50 m in Europe (higher firs). Shape: conical on young subjects, spread as it matures. Lifespan: 500 years. Needles in bottlebrush (beaming around the stem), bent, grey-blue. They are more or less bluish (glaucous) according to varieties. Underside is scratched with 2 white stomatal bands. Stems stand up in the tip, as candles, revealing the clear face of the underside of needles.
Male catkins yellow-red under the leaves at the end, to facilitate the dissemination of pollen to the wind. Females reddish back, upright, in the spring.
Upright, cylindrical cones, 25 cm long, 5-8 cm broad. They are green then brown. They distinguish themselves by salient, visible bracts and curved downward. Utility: nice ornamental tree.