Of course, there are the outliers too-trees that have everything going wrong-too crowded, shade closing in....and still perfect! I'm an avid gardener so I really have enjoyed reading about it, even though the diagnosis, solutions & probable outcome isn't what I wanted to hear !!! File complaints with your local Public Service Commissions, Consumer Protection Agencies, and Environmental Protection Agencies! I expect them to die within a few years. Be sure to disinfect your tools before you begin. Go to Longwood's plant explorer and compare the pictures of their mature Abies concolors to their Abies nordmannianas. Unless a sudden continental uplift moves us to 5000' of elevation, it's always going to be true. There were some nice CBS there too, but the concolors seem to look a bit better overall. I must concur with those who state that the East is no longer an appropriate climate (if it ever was) for this species -- particularly in light of climate change. "Best fir for the east and midwest" is patently ridiculous, unless your definition is only areas north of a line between Chicago and Philadelphia. Those ones that are planted all wrong, but still look great are the ones propagators should be focused on! The innermost needles simply fall down which seems to be natural, like at a 10+ ft Picea omorika 'Pendula Bruns', and as Eastern White pines do. I know that many of you have a problem with blue spruce trees. Spores are microscopic, are floating in the air you are breathing right now, and need no direct contact to get where they get. I would like to plant another tree in its place, but heard the soil is now very acidic. Shrubs too. A friend who follows weather & climate told me he believes we might be in for an oscillation back to more reasonable summers for more than a decade, and this one could be the start of that. (To big to do myself, and didn't feel like spending my allocated garden money on it.) We live in SE Pa. Our 30 foot blue spruce (which we planted over 30 years ago) developed bag bugs, which we had professionally treated for five years along with injections of nutrients. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY EVERGREEN TREE (Other than White Pine) WHICH WILL STILL GROW HEALTHY AND WELL IN THE NORTHEAST AND MID-ATLANTIC REGION OF THE U.S.? Not sure I'd give much credence to the horticulturist...... Colorado blue spruces are prone to a number of problems, both disease and insect. They are so abundantly planted, that you can see a lot of nice looking ones while they are young, but I have only seen a few planted in perfect situations as described above that keep their lower branches and look healthy beyond 20-30ft tall. The bayer tree product seems to help with that. Does anyone have any recommendations about what type of fertilizer or rate of application I should use? Had local horticulturist come, said we'll do an annual feeding and she sprayed it once a year in the spring but said I would eventually loose it. We really don't know nor do we completely understand the pathogens. I will also tell you what problems you may have and discover one trick that is often used by experienced arborists. The above picture is from Feb 2014, the one below is what the same tree looked like in 2010. So, here's something to do. Pruning paste will accelerate wound healing and prevent pests and diseases from getting there. But the 16+ years old p. pungens 'Glauca Procumbens' (trained upright) is losing lower limbs, but since its lower trunk is twisted anyway, it does not show much. Cultural conditions also come into play and can affect how easily these trees contract disease and pest problems. Such pruning has several advantages; first, it gives more space in the yard. White Flower Farm is ridiculously overpriced as they cater to a very wealthy demographic in their area. It is white in color (hence I call it "white canker") and hijacks the tree's nutrients, starving the tree as it continues to grow. They like it here, but need good drainage. I thought these were just my observations, but later confirmed these findings in papers written by the Arnold Arboritum dating back to the early 1900's. This is in central Minnesota (north and south), less than 10 miles from Wisconsin. I have seen members of this forum talk about growing this species successfully in southern locations such as Alabama and N. Texas, but I think the key to success with this species is elevation in the warmer regions. I had a tree care company come in and apply various fungicides. If you have heavier soil that sould explain why the Abies concolors were hard to establish.In any case to clarify SC77, I'm sure Abies concolors to grow well for you in New England - other than not being able to deal with hurricanes which is obviously something they don't encounter in their home territory. However, I now see this problem is also OBVIOUS IN YOUNGER, NEWLY PLANTED trees. Agree with davidrt...and therefore, to an extent disagree with you, jami, that Norway spruce is equally getting hammered by these pathogens. They also have some rather distinct climate preferences - cold winters, hot, dry summers. found out the hard way if you touch them on your skin you get a nasty rash. They really belong only where they are native IMHO. Most established trees, especially conifers, seldom ever require fertilization (and any horticulturist worth their salt should know it!! Kid Friendly Yard - I noticed 4-young children in the picture. Fun stuff, I know! I live in Dutchess County, New York. I seem to recall the dougfirs around doing better than either CBS or A. concolor in Ohio. I have not seen major damage to blue spruce heroes SE Mass. The classic Lake Forest mansion seems to always have one out front. Hi friends, I have been growing plants for many years and love doing it. The couple of times I've been at the Arboretum (Arnold!) In their native haunts, they do not occupy extremely dry ridge tops and so on, but are more riverine in their preferences, tending to do best where there is sufficient soil moisture. After all, as of let's say 7 years ago, my parents former house still had a couple health CBSs in front, planted on the highest part of the property, in northern Virginia. Heck, I'm pretty sure I've never seen a really good looking one in the greater DC area...and Tenn. is discernably hotter and more humid in summer, except in the mountains. Interestingly, there are limestone outcrops all around, but that doesn't mean the soil is alkaline -- generally it's still acidic other than on top of an outcrop: Conifer Kingdom also grafts some stuff on A. firma, at least last year they had started to. Engelmannii is also considered nearly identical to blue spruce, but again, they do significantly better here than blue spruce. It's brownish, loamy clay, not a red brick clay. With this disease, the tree sheds needles from the inside out and the bottom up, so the trunk becomes more and more visible as the years go by. It looks better but will never be as pretty, and it is only blue & fluffy at the top 1/3 of the tree. In fact now that I think about it, the place I've seen the most of them by far are the suburbs of Chicago. I stand corrected with regard to what those sources say...alas, sources can be wrong. The problem with that tree is most certainly NOT malnutrition.......in fact, malnutrition seldom manifests as interior and lower branch dieback. I believe the only way to save this tree is to call in a tree care company, and have them spray the tree with either Mancozeb or Propiconazole, and do it every 3 or 4 weeks during the growing season. Build or buy two hanging swings for the lower porch, Put a sophisticated day bed on the upper porch by the master bedroom. I have not cut a branch that had needles. Also, this method of pruning makes the plant more extravagant and sophisticated. Sad. Then there's the worst string of consecutive summers since the 1930s, of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Juniper blight, sure, but spruce? Norway spruce and linden trees seem to resist this disease best. Longwood Gardens: standard of plant care as high as can be found in the western hemisphere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIXwsAFvFDQ, http://www.omicsonline.com/open-access/impacts-of-radiofrequency-electromagnetic-field-rfemf-from-cell-phone-towers-and-wireless-devices-on-biosystem-and-ecosystem-a-review-0974-8369-4-179.pdf, http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/radio-frequency-transmissions-are-killing-trees-and-everything-else/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fhAFLV9ikM, http://www.zengardner.com/dutch-study-suggests-wifi-killing-trees/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN36DAMPots, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsuP_WBBr2c. So, as convoluted as it may seem, given what you've posted, Norway spruce is the answer to your question. Things are changing in spruceland. Additionally, these problems we're all talking about with especially Picea pungens are both old and new. Not only are human, pets, and wildlife suffering severe diseases, heart attacks, fatigue, dementia, etc.. from these exposures, but the damage to the trees is catastrophic! I have lived here my entire life (54 years) and I am an avid and very knowledgeable gardener -- I also have several spruce varieties on my property of various ages. Metal roofs like yours are quite common, and you might be surprised how many of them have the more slender porch posts like yours.