The Q&A Archives: Spruce Trees

Question: Dear Monrovia,

We just relocated from Northern Virginia to Cary, NC. After having many spruce trees in our yard we want to purchase one for our new home. Our landscaper said that Spruce trees don't do well here in the NC piedmont. Is this true? We have had the

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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