The noble fir has most certainly earned its name, particularly because it is the largest native fir in North America. This tall, narrow tree features a long, columnar trunk and conical crown with short, nearly horizontal branches. It is a long-lived pioneer tree, meaning that it often comes in aggressively after a disturbance such as fire. And because of its quality and strength, the wood of the noble fir is valued over the wood of other true firs.
A subalpine tree, it is found in the Cascade Range and the Coast Ranges of the Pacific Northwest of Washington and Oregon and in southwestern Canada. Trees with cone and needle characteristics of noble fir, however, have been reported in northern California.