planting young kentucky coffee tree where maple use to be

Asked September 5, 2016, 3:45 PM EDT

I had a maple removed 2 years ago and want to plant a young Kentucky Coffee tree in the same general location. There are still some very large roots and the old stump is about 6 inches underground. Should I simply try to find a spot where there are very few roots or can I plant it in the same location. The new tree is only about 1.5 inches in diameter. The old tree was about 9 -10 inches in diameter.

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1 Response

By necessity, you have to plant where the old roots allow, and to give your new tree the best start, you don't want to wedge it up against the old stump where the spread of the new roots will be impeded. The old roots will rot eventually, but it will take time.