Moving a Mature Japanese Maple
I have a older friend, who I have helped for years with his yard work. He has decided to sell his house, retire and move out of state and thus has offered me his Japanese Maple that sits infront of his house. He is planning on moving this summer, so if I want to take it, I have to move it now. The Japanese Maple is a Crimson Queen and is about 6 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. It is a beautiful specimen that seems in excellent health. My question is, is it possible to mover a tree like this at this time and have success? Would it put to much stress on the tree and am I crazy for trying? Any advise would be appreciated, but I hate to let the opportunity pass if it is possible make a successful move after it has already leafed out.