carpinus caroliniana transplanting

c2g(6)April 21, 2014

I know someone who's clearing wide paths through a woodlot that contains some musclewood trees. I'd love to save a few of these and transplant to a nearby woods I'm involved with. I've read these aren't the best at transplanting. I figure this is an idea time to try with little to loose, but has anyone had success with digging up Carpinus caroliniana of about 10' height? I would be able to get them water at the same frequency as if it was a home transplant.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

i know nothing i particular in regard to this tree ...

but here is a pic of a DORMANT tree .. prunus serotina.. cherry ..... maybe 6 to 8 footer ... date on the pic .. to give you a flavor of how to do it ... i think you can see what is left of the tap root ...

i would not bother with a giant ball of soil ... presuming you have no heavy equipment ...

and this is a bit large.. but you seem to understand that.. and understand the odds .. etc ..

it seems a lot of work.. but if you are up for the struggle.. knock yourself out ...

good luck


    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 11:10AM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

I have moved big ones successfully using a tree spade (well, a contractor did, not me!). They had trunk calipers of about 3-4" and were easily 10' tall and they didn't skip a beat. That was 10 years ago and they are now enormous. I have also dug up seedlings and transplanted them and they did fine, too. My only suggestion is to make sure to do this while they are dormant (although I dug up all of the seedlings when they had leaves).
I think it's worth a try.


    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 11:30AM
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