The needles are up to 4 cm (1.6 in) long, narrow, the tip is rounded and slightly notched. At the needle underside there are two significant white stripes (stoma stripes).
The cones are up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long, first green in autumn brown to dark brown.
The Abies amabilis grows conical with a continuous straight trunk. The fir is branching to the ground. The branches are horizontal or hang from something and the branch point upward.