Narrow tree to 15 m tall. Shoots with a few hairs in grooves. Buds ovoid, pale brown, resinous. Leaves pointing forwards, parted below, 20-40 mm long, 1.5 mm wide, one pale band above and 2 below, waxy blue. Cones 7-8 cm long.
Grows naturally on high mountains and coast ranges. This variety has a thick corky bark, smaller cones and is grown only as the cultivar below.
W North America.
Leaves on terminal shoot pointed; pale band on upper surface.
Source: (1995). Pinaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica 'Arizonica Compacta'
A slow-growing, globular, compact plant with bluish leaves that may eventually become a broadly conical tree. Originated J. Boer, Boskoop, Netherlands c. 1927.