front yard tree
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
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, https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2018/01/08/whats-wrong-with-my-blue-spruce-tree/.
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, https://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/MarylandersPlantTrees/Recommended-Tree-List.aspx.
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.