Tree to 30m tall, d.b.h. upto 1m; crown narrowly conical. Bark in old trees scaly and fissured. Branches spreading horizontally, the upper ascending, young shoots glabrous. Vegetative buds ovoid conical, acute, 3–4 x 2–3mm, resinous.
Leaves spirally arranged, forward pointing, parted below the shoot, 25–40 x 1.5–1.8mm, twisted and abruptly narrowed at base, linear, flattened, bright green or glaucous above, greenish white with green midrib below; apex obtuse or slightly notched. Stomata in two broad bands below.
Male pollen-cones lateral, axillary, 1–1.5cm long, yellowish with red microsporophylls. Female seed-cones lateral, erect, cylindrical, 16–20 x 4–6cm, greenish when immature, reddish brown and brown when mature, often resinous. Seed scales included (rarely exserted). Seeds obovate -triangular, 10–12 x 5mm, light brown; seed wings cuneate, light brown.
The resinous vegetative buds and the glabrous young shoots distinguish this from A. cilicica subsp. cilicica. These minor and sometimes variable differences have led some to believe that these two taxa belong to the same species.