Are photinias really that bad here in the Commonwealth?
I read a lot about how problem-plagued fraser photinia can be. That said, they are absolutely all over my neighborhood and just about all of them seem to be doing great. A few houses down they have a row of them that provide an excellent screen. The Mrs. and I drove around last night looking for ideas for screening and red tips are all over the place. Costco currently has some for a pretty good price and I am interested, but hesitant based on what I have read. I like the look of them a lot, but maybe I should believe what I read. I am thinking about alternating them with another evergreen to provide about a 50-foot screen.
Speak from experience fellow Virginians, are these things really that problematic with fungus and disease here in the Commonwealth?