[The True Firs of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Noble Fir, Red Fir, White Fir

Abies procera

Synonym: Abies nobilis

Noble Fir, Red Fir, White Fir: Abies procera (Synonym: Abies nobilis)

Noble fir as seen along the east side of the ridgetop of Hardy Ridge, Beacon Rock State Park........April 20, 2015.

Lower needle surface of Noble Fir, Red Fir, White Fir: Abies procera (Synonym: Abies nobilis)

The photo above shows the lower surface of the needles of a noble fir seen along forest road #2360 about 100 meters north of its intersection with road #041 near Eckhart Point to the southwest of Mt. Adams..........October 14, 2005. Both the lower and upper surface commonly bear a pair of rows of silvery-white stomatal bloom. The base of each spreading needle veers abruptly to parallel the stem, often characterized as appearing like a hockey stick. The needles are also 4-angled or diamond-shaped in cross-section.

Noble Fir, Red Fir, White Fir: Abies procera (Synonym: Abies nobilis)

The photo above shows a grove of noble firs along forest road #2360 about 100 meters north of its intersection with road #041 near Eckhart Point to the southwest of Mt. Adams.........October 14, 2005. Noble fir needs a fair amount of sunlight, so older trees are often seen with their lowest branches no lower than the midpoint of the tree.

Paul Slichter