how deep are escalonia roots

justadncr(z8OR)February 8, 2006

I am doing a remodel of our house and we have to put a foundation exactly where established escalonia are. Are they difficult to get up? Any suggestions?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Just about everything makes mostly a shallow pancake of roots just below the surface. Escallonia are brittle, you will probably find they can be jerked out/broken apart fairly readily. Try spades, mattocks, mauls, rock bars...if using a chain on a truck the main difficulty might be having everything you attach to snap off, without the rest of the shrub coming with it.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2006 at 7:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

We recently transplanted a 4-foot escallonia and it wasn't difficult. The roots were not deep, "shallow pancake" is an excellent description of what we encountered.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 12:01AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

thanks for the input. How about a 5 foot holly? Any one dig up one of these??

    Bookmark   February 10, 2006 at 12:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Now those definitely can be as though set in concrete. Put a chain around it and pull it out with a truck, if you can. If there might be utilities running through its roots this particular approach could backfire, of course.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2006 at 12:51AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Aka, honeyberry, aka blue-fruited honeysuckle, aka...
Help pruning red tip photinia
As u can see these are very big Im needing advice on...
Screen behind basketball goal
Hello. We just moved into a new house. I'd like to...
Wax Myrtle leaves browning & spotting
I've got several wax myrtles in my back yard. A few...
Shot hole disease- Can my laurels be saved?
I recently purchased a new home with Otto Luyken cherry...
Sponsored Products
'Speak in Such a Way' Wall Plaque
$29.99 | zulily
Dahlia Rectangular Outdoor Coffee Table - Black, Patio Furniture
Cherry Queen Mate's 6-drawer Platform Storage Bed
Floating Medallions Rug 3'6" x 5'6" - SILVER
$239.00 | Horchow
Smiling Buddha Art Print
$14.99 | Dot & Bo
Enliven Textured Deep Fern Bath Rug
Reversible Grain Cutting Board - 1314
$42.99 | Hayneedle
Area Rug: Times Square Kaleidoscope 6' 6" x 9' 6"
Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™