What is the best way to move and transplant a small redbud tree?

December 02, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF
Eastern redbud is generally a tree worth saving. It flowers early and by June its breathtaking pink mantle is transformed into waxy heart-shaped leaves. The best time to transplant trees and shrubs is while they are dormant in mid to late fall or early spring, assuming the soil can be dug with ease. Transplants are more likely to die if planted in the late summer and early fall. Only attempt to move trees with a trunk smaller than one inch in diameter if professional help is not available. It is important to maintain an intact root ball during transplanting, so moving a larger tree or shrub is more difficult. For more information, see PlantTalk script Transplanting Trees & Shrubs.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.