Can A 3 Year Old Golden Deodar Cedar Be Transplanted And Relocated?

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I planted a golden deodara about 3 years ago. Can it be transplanted?

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Heather-Yes, your Deodara Cedar can be transplanted. Transplanting a younger cedar is normally much more successful as the more established cedars aren't very adept at being transplanted when established for some years. They develop a deep tap root with many strong horizontal roots creating a strong root system that stabilizes this tree well. Too many damaged or cut roots can cause transplant shock with slow recovery. Your success in transplanting a younger tree will be much better as I am assuming it was a fairly small tree to start with. If the tree was a large boxed tree when planted you may need the help of a professional tree service as removal of the tree will require larger equipment than just a few shovels. When digging the tree up you want to try and dig as large a root ball as you can handle. Taking as much of the root system as possible will give you the best chance of recovery for strong future growth. You want to dig as wide and deep as possible to kept as much of the horizontal and deep tap root intact as possible. Transplanting in late spring after any chance of late frost or early fall works well. I like transplanting conifers in early fall when the soil is cool and moist, not frozen. Transplanting in the Fall allows the tree more time to reestablish itself before having to deal with the possible stress of extreme temperatures of summer. If this tree was a large size when planted 3 years ago you may want to consult with a professional local nurseryman or landscape contractor regarding the best way to approach the safe removal and transplanting of the cedar. I noted below a link to an article on 'How to Relocate And Transplant A Shrub or Tree' that may help. Just click on the link to go directly to the article.

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Answer #2 · Heather Liberman's Answer · Thank you very much. I love the tree and think it will look lovely at the new home I plan to move to.)

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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
You're very welcome. Just make sure you wrap the root ball with plastic or burlap in order to keep the roots from drying out when being moved. Let me know how you make out.

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