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    Planting Bare Root - Spring or Fall?

    I'm in the Charlotte, NC area, which is zone 7 or 8 (depending on which map you believe). I'm itching to buy a couple Red Cloud Dogwoods and a Star Magnolia. All will be bare root.

    Should I plant these in fall or spring? I'm leaning toward early spring, based on what I've gathered from the experiences of others. But I have not heard from people with experience in my geographical area.

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    Oak
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    RE: Planting Bare Root - Spring or Fall?

    In my opinion, early Spring (before bud break) is more ideal because the tree has a full season (before Winter sets in) to put roots in the ground and adapt to the soil conditions. Trees planted during Fall are more prone to wind, ice, snow, or general storm damage. Either way, if you live in a windy area, or it is common for your area of NC to experience storms during the Winter, I would stake the tree for a couple of years.

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    RE: Planting Bare Root - Spring or Fall?

    I've changed my mind from the Star Magnolia to a Prairifire Crabapple, but now it's in stone.

    Not going to be easy waiting till spring...

    Thanks for the reply. If it weren't for you, I'd have hardly any (on any of the forums we each frequent).

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    Oak
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    RE: Planting Bare Root - Spring or Fall?

    LOL - the NC guy from arboristsite? That's hilarious. Yeah, pretty much the same people here browse arboristsite - mdvaden is one of the arborist guys who responds here now and again, but he rarely replies here anymore.

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    Seedling
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    RE: Planting Bare Root - Spring or Fall?

    I have found lots of success planting deciduous trees in both spring and fall. Normally the trees planted in the spring look better than those in the fall but I don't know why. As for evergreens I have had horrible experiences planting in fall and great success planting in the spring. Now, I am in the cold north and you are not...so the weather probably affects this more than anything so I'm not sure if I am much help.

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