front yard tree

Asked October 7, 2019, 1:30 PM EDT

Hello, My front yard Japanese Maple died. I thought to replace it with Blue Shiner Spruce, but I read that the blue spruces, any of them, get sick easily. Is it correct? So, I thought to replace it with Southern Magnolia, but my street is open for north-west winter winds and, as I read, it is not good for magnolias in our state. Is it correct? Do you have any suggestion for evergreen, preferably, front yard tree? Any other ideas for a interesting looking tree? Thank you.

Baltimore County Maryland

3 Responses

Hi - You are correct about the blue spruce trees. They are not adapted to this area and we see a lot of them in decline from diseases. Some alternatives to blue spruce trees are listed in this article,

If you would like a Southern magnolia tree, 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' is a variety that has better cold tolerance than others.

American holly (Ilex opaca) is more shrubby but would be an option for a native evergreen.

This page has additional recommendations for trees,


Thank you very much. Is problem with blue spruce tree applicable to blue spruce shrubs as well?

You are welcome.
Yes, all blue spruce can be affected.