Answer: Spruces are very cold tolerant trees and prefer a climate with cold winters and cool summers; the Washington, DC area is about the southern edge of their range where they can stay healthy during the summers -- and Cary is even hotter and even more humid over an even longer summer season. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension should be able to help you identify plants that will thrive in your new locale. You may be pleasantly surprised at some of the plants you can grow in Cary that would not be winter hardy in Northern Virginia. Enjoy!
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