Sorry for this long preamble: I'm looking for suggestions to replace a beloved, mature formerly 70' tall Norway Spruce that was topped by the storms that killed so many trees in Stanley Park in 2007. My NS has survived and thrived, but the top 30' DID fall onto my neighbour's property. The lower section and main trunk is fantastic and it has a 30 foot wide branch span. It's now probably 35 feet tall but has a nasty looking break (that only my neighbours see). A new leader that was formerly a branch at the 15 foot height has curled up from lower in the tree and is now reaching up toward the sky... but it's also reaching out over my house and its branch bark is dramatically splitting (and dropping sap) due to the rapid growth. I love many things about this tree: (i) the protection it gives to my shade garden below - never freezes in winter for example; (ii) the fabulous green screen it provides to the alley and my neighbour's house behind it; and (iii) the shade, coolness and dappled light it gives me in the summer... but, I will need to replace it in the next 5-10 years due to fears we have of the new leader falling onto our house, and the fact that the branches are extending beyond our 33' wide property and stunting my neighbour's evergreen magnolias that would also like some sky space too. An arborist told us we should view it as a giant shrub that will forever more need branch tip pruning. The original form of the Norway spruce is gone. I see a constant trail of ants going up and down the trunk too that causes concern of what's really going on at the break point. I'd like to plant another conifer to replace the NS. I would like the replacement to ultimately be 20 feet wide and maybe 35 feet tall and reach maturity in 10-15 years (hahaha!). I would like to be able to remove the lower branches up to 12 feet so that the effect is like a giant umbrella. I have Japanese maples and rhododendrons planted along the edges of my property, so would see this tree positioned close to the same spot as my Norway Spruce is now, that is in the middle of the back yard. But I don't want to wait 10 years to have the same screen. Are there large conifers that can be transplanted that will achieve the specifications I would like? (I don't ask for much, do I?!!) Thanks for sharing your thoughts and suggestions. I've attached some pics of the tree I believe I need to replace.