transplant success for a 5" caliper Prunus virginiana 'Schubert'

Asked April 10, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

Hi there,

My client wants me to transplant a chokecherry we planted five years ago. The tree is in Telluride, at about 8,800' sunny side and doing quite well in its location. It is still dormant. I wonder what the chances for success would be. I imagine we will have to dig out around the root ball, wrap it, and then move it. Then water the heck out of it and add some root stimulator once it's time for the tree to come out of dormancy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Colorado trees and shrubs

1 Response

Transplanting a 5-inch caliper tree should be attempted with the help of a professional service.

However, if you are game to try, here are some suggestions:

  1. Moving a dormant tree is safer than when it is leafed out.
  2. Attempt to dig as much of the root ball as possible.
  3. Wrap the root ball with burlap or some form of fabric and tie off with twine.
  4. Lift the ball with some form of sling.
  5. Dig a home in the tree's final resting place about three times wider than the root ball.
  6. Remove the wrappings
  7. Back fill with the original soil avoiding over compaction
  8. Stake only if necessary
  9. Water and mulch
  10. Root stimulators are not necessary