what would I gain/lose moving from MD to NH (z5b)
For several reasons, including traffic, housing costs, and family, my DW and I are looking at leaving the DC/Baltimore area. I have a similar post at the Trees forum..
One area we may consider is the area around Nashua, NH as well as the part of MA closest to it. We're up here visiting family right now. This is a zone 5B area, with similar temps to Akron, OH where I used to live, but somewhat higher precipitation (47" vs. about 39").
Nashua itself is zone 5B, with all-time record lows in the -20ish range, Avg Jan temps 32/12 and avg July temps 82/59. The cooler summers (with somewhat lower overall incidence of drought) probably add some benefit for many trees.
The other area would be around SE PA - which is similar enough to where I am now that I'm not as concerned from a gardening perspective.
While moving somewhere a zone and a half colder means I "lose" some plants, I also think my chances improve for others, and that's the discussion I'm trying to start. I'll use Nashua as the specific area, but could be anywhere between Lowell, MA and Manchester, NH,
Some trees I like and want some feedback on, plus others I may be missing:
I assume I would have little/no chance with:
Cedrus - I assume I mostly "lose" Cedrus in NH. Might be able to pull off C. libani var stenocoma, and possibly C. deodara Patkia cultivars like "Karl Fuchs" - can anyone with experience comment?
I probably gain:
Abies - several Abies that are marginal in MD might be OK here. I've seen a fair number of A. concolor that look good, most of them do vs only a few decent looking ones in MD. What are good Abies species in New England in a z5B area?
Pseudotsuga - yes/no??
Picea - I think P. pungens, englemanii, omorika, all would do better compared to MD...
Larix - assume all species are ok, whereas they can be iffy long term in MD.
Taxodium distichum and Metasequoia are said to be zone 5 hardy, but some people have seen damage in those zones.
What would YOU take advantage of if making such a move?
This post was edited by hairmetal4ever on Wed, Jul 9, 14 at 10:29