Noble Fir Information: Caring For Noble Firs In Landscapes

by johnah on November 26, 2020

What are Noble Firs?

Noble Fir Trees are trees with a long history of use in the Northwest. They have been used for centuries in their native forests. Their popularity grew during the gold rush era when they were cut down for lumber and then used as firewood. Today, they provide shade and beauty to many areas of Oregon and Washington State. They also make excellent houseplants!

The name “noble” comes from the English word “noble” which means “of or pertaining to a gentleman”. The word “fir” comes from the Old Norse words “fyrr”, meaning “tree”, and “fur”, meaning “forest”.

How To Care For Noble Fir Trees

Caring for Noble Fir Trees – A Guide By David B. Nelson

In this article I will share some tips and ideas about caring for noble fir trees. These tips apply to all kinds of noble fir trees including Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Spruce and Norway Maple.

1) Prune Noble Fir Trees Regularly

It’s true that noble firs need regular pruning but it’s not necessary to remove all the branches every year. If you prune them too often they may become overgrown and even lose their shape. Once every 4-5 years is enough as long as you prune them well.

Also, it’s important to wait until the trees are at least 3 years old before pruning them at all. Young trees can be damaged by improper pruning and the formation of their branches.

Of course, there is always some natural small trimming that occurs from accidents and other mishaps. You can simply clean up those cuts with a sharp blade as necessary.

Also, don’t ever use metal tools to prune your noble firs. Wood is a natural material and reacts best to other natural materials.

2) Give Your Trees A Checkup Every Year

Just like people, trees sometimes get little bugs or fungal infections that can be detrimental to their health if they’re ignored. Checking your trees every year can help you identify these problems early on so you can treat them before they become unmanageable.

Sources & references used in this article:

Growing corkbark fir and subalpine fir for nursery production by J Jensen, DL Barney, M Bauer – 2013 –

The true fir resource by JF Franklin – … management of true fir in the Pacific …, 1981 –

Comparison of noble fir progeny from US Pacific Northwest collection regions and Denmark for Christmas tree traits by C Landgren, UB Nielsen… – Scandinavian Journal of …, 2017 – Taylor & Francis

Does the severity of current season needle necrosis decrease on older stands of noble fir? by G Chastagner, C Landgren, UB Nielsen – Proceedings from The 12th … –

Screening exotic firs for the midwestern United States: interspecific variation in adaptive traits by GE Jones, BM Cregg – HortScience, 2006 –

Changing Landscapes: End-of-Life Care & Communication at a Zen Hospice by EW Klein – 2014 –

Dry place: landscapes of belonging and exclusion by PL Price – 2004 –



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