Columnar tree, taller than broad. Branches ± horizontal, the youngest sparsely pubescent to glabrous. Leaves glaucous, frequently with silvery lines, 10-40 mm, somewhat flattened, acute. Ripe cones ovoid, 6-9 cm. Dominant tree, or in mixed forest, 1000-2000 m.
Lebanon, Cyprus, N. W. Africa. A disjunct Medit. element.