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Question DetailsAsked on 7/12/2016

Have 3 silver junipers that suffered from Illinois winter. Is there a better evergreen tree to plant ?

The junipers are a part of my landscaping and need to be removed soon. All 3 of the trees have suffered from
winter burn,really looking awful. Location for two would be south, the other one more northeast.
Figure it is better to have a professional take these trees down, along with removing roots. Appreciate your help.

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There are many types of Silver junipers - Chinese Silver, Oklahoma Silver, Silver King, Silver Mist among others - so can't give any specific advice. Plus Illinois ranges from (depending on whether you look at USDA and Illinois Cooperative Extension Service webistes) Planting Zone 4b (up by Wisconsin) to 7a down at the southern tip - so exactly WHEARE in the state you are makes a big difference.

I would check out the Illinois Cooperative Extension Service website or local tree and shrub plant centers for advice - and of course locally farmed nursery stock is a LOT more likely to survice than stuff from far away which is "supposed" to like your zone. And if you choose one rated for the next colder (lower numbered) zone the survival chances are better.

I would expect Whitchita Blue and Skyrocket species (vertical shrubs/trees) to grow well in your area - did well in a colder zone to the west of you. Mugo Pine does well in your zone and in signficantly colder areas is you want a shaggy shrub type, and I would think (again based on good performance in colder, more severe western NY and colder areas) Blue Rug juniper does quite well as a ground-coer or "horizontal" juniper as long as it is WELL - drained - likes somewhat rocky slopes best in my experience.

And of course, for winter burn, wrapping the tree with burlap and snow-packing (when available) the base can help survival.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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