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    Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    Zone 7, record setting rainfall recently, clay soil

    Ok so I made several orders, have several baby trees and bushes (around 50) and almost of them are doing well and in good positions.

    Out of all the free red maples I got, I think one was a silver, and I now also think it is too close to the septic tank /drain field.

    It's now about 2.5' tall and full of leaves.

    Can I move it or wait for next spring? I have a ADF witchazel that died in the front, far from any areas where the roots may cause problems.

    A yellow buckeye tree that I planted for future shade of the back porch in the afternoon is also doing well, but is really not getting enough sun. I have a better spot for it, and I have the same question. Do I move it now or wait for next spring?


    Oh FWIW, the most hardy babies of the lot are dying, the american arborvites planted as a screen to the road area on the west side of the lot. I've no clue what caused it, but I lost half of them.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Central Indiana

    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    I'd not hestitate to move that silver maple now. I'd move the buckeye, too, as they're very tough and adaptable. Just try to dig up a full rootball, complete with lots of dirt. That helps when trees are already leafed out. But it is still early and I've transplanted silver maples much later, moving them bare-root, and they've all survived.

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    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    Thanks. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a no-no to move them so early in life, in the spring, after the pushed out leaves.

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    Oct 2004

    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    I'm sorry but I must beg to differ.
    In the most of z7, it is too late to transplant. But don't wait til next spring. Do it after it goes dormant in the winter.

    The record setting rain you are getting will son be record setting heat and drought so don't do it now.

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    Mar 2009
    Sylva NC zone 7

    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    As long as you water them and get plenty of rootball they should be fine I moved trees in the middle of summer you just have to water good. They might not grow so good this year and be wilted I had a rose of sharron I moved that done that it came back out after a good rain and the next year it was fine. Silver Maples are strong trees.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    I'm with Quirkus, don't do it. The Silver may survive and be stunted but the Buckeye will severely stunt if not die. Xsplanting needs to occur in late fall. Even from pot to ground unless you can water almost daily. As for conifers, forget it. Winter only.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Sylva NC zone 7

    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    I moved my Norway Spruce in the summer and it did not even wilt or turn brown you just have to replant it quickly and water every other day this year its putting on new growth. I do not know why you would want a buckey anyway you can not eat the fruit and the wood is no good for firewood and fall color not that great and they drop buckeys. I do not think it even blooms that good .

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    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    I want a buckeye becuase they bring good favor. That's the same reason I ordered a witchhazel and planted it, but it was DOA. I let it have a nice hole with a healthy batch of mulch anyway. The maple went in the witchhazel's spot when I moved it. The buckeye is also moved to a spot where one of the "10 free flowering trees" passed away.

    I really hesitated before moving them, and considered the down side, the loss of two trees that are doing really well. Since they are ADF seedlings, I don't have much money invested in them, and worst case, I'm set back a year of growth.

    I sure hope this area does not have a repeat of last year's drought, but supposedly the water resources have recovered (NE Alabama).

    I now have another problem. I realized that two more of my Dawn Redwoods need to move after reading more about their potential size. I want them to dominate the landscape, and they may one day, but I have to move 'em sooner or later. They (the redwoods) are still a little sickly from being in wet muck for a week (clay plus 10-12 inches of rain). All the ADF evergreens are seriously hurting since this wet spell. I just move back the mulch and hope they dry out a little. If they don't make it, I'm going to a native pine for a wind break, even though I'm not to fond of pines in the yard (NE corner).

    Thanks all.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Central Indiana

    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    I moved three silver maples and a buckeye last June. They were tiny seedlings, fully leafed out. I made sure that I got plenty of dirty with them--a rootball, so to speak--and watered them after I transplanted. They all survived. All are thriving this year. The buckeye didn't even have the top die back, which happened on the yellow buckeye that I planted last spring after purchasing it from the nursery. We have Ohio buckeyes, but I wanted a yellow buckeye. The one that I transplanted was an Ohio buckeye.

    I've transplanted Silver Maples at all times of the year--even fairly late in the fall. I've never had one die. I'd not move most trees in mid-summer or fall, but I did the silver maples and they all survived.

    Now, I never did it in the middle of a drought and I am in northern zone 6/southern zone 5, so it is a different location. But I've moved silver maples in the summer time, bare-rooted, only wrapping some wet newspapers around the roots, with a several hour drive in between.

    Of course, I'm not worried about losing silver maples anyway. Those little helicopters are flying everywhere, creating lots of new seedlings all over the place. If it were an oak, I'd be much more careful.

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    Nov 2006
    Central Indiana

    RE: Quick question about moving a baby maple and buckeye.

    Oh, ADF trees. I've not had very much success with them. But better in spring than in the fall. The free red maples I got from ADF have done pretty well. Never had to transplant them, though.

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