Northwest Conifers

Spanish Fir – Abies pinsapo

Spanish Fir

Spanish Fir at Hoyt Arboretum

Needles:  1" long, stiff,  growing all around twig like a spruce but with blunt ends. White lines on both sides.

Cones: 4-7" long, upright, disperse seeds on tree like other firs. New cones are green to purple.

Bark: Gray with blisters, breaking into scaly plates and small fissures on old trees.


Where it grows: Mountaains of southern Spain.

Names: Pinsapo is an old Spanish word that means pine-fir. Other common names: Spanish Silver Spruce.


Pollen Cones

Pollen Cones


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