Transplanting an Oak Tree

Asked October 15, 2018, 11:40 AM EDT

We have a small "wild" oak tree that we would like to move. We believe it grew out of a seed that one of our local squirrels buried. It is about 10 feet tall at this point and the trunk is almost 2" in diameter. Currently, the tree is very healthy looking. When is the best time to transplant it? Also, what advice can you provide so that we can give the tree it's best chance to thrive?

Clackamas County Oregon transplanting trees horticulture

1 Response

Thank you for your question. I'm not sure what your timeline is for moving of the tree, but the time of year and adequate preparation both play a part in that decision. Although we have traditionally had winters with adequate water to prevent root shock, this year is predicted to be a dry one, and your tree--if you decide to transplant it now--may well need you to supplement rainwater. Here is a link to an Extension article that should answer most of your questions: https://extension.psu.edu/transplanting-or-moving-trees-and-shrubs-in-the-landscape