Transplanting Japanese Maple - Your Advice Appreciated

ruandduOctober 12, 2013

Hello,

I am considering transplanting two Japanese Maples this Fall after their leaves fall to another area of yard. I planted these about 3-4 years ago and are about 6-7 feet tall now (picture attached).

Do Japanese Maples transplant okay at this stage of their life in your experience?

Can you please share any tips for a successful transplant?

Thank you.

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ruanddu

Picture didn't come through on first post. Hopefully this works?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 1:44PM
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Mike Larkin

If you need to move, then now is the time.
If the rootball is about 2ft or more, and you do a good job keeping the rootball intact , you should have success. WATER well after planted and mulch better than you are now.
Water well next year and you should have success.

Here is a link that might be useful: my blog

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 11:01PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

I routinely move them at that size. Take your time to get a good rootball and have the hole ready where you're going to plant it, then soak it good with water. Japanese Maples are tougher than most people think.
Mike

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 8:58AM
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ruanddu

Thanks everyone. Sounds like with proper care it will be okay to move them once the leaves fall.

Also, I have an arborvitae hedge I want to plant them close to. Would it be okay to plan within 3 feet or so of arborvitae hedge? If not, what do you recommend?

Thanks.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 5:14PM
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gardengal48

You do not want to plant them any closer than half the canopy spread. For example, if you have a JM with a mature canopy spread of 15', you would not want to plant any closer than 7.5'. This is to allow the canopy to grow unobstructed by any other plants or surfaces and prevent congestion that can lead to damage or diseases.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 6:22PM
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ruanddu

Thanks everyone. Sounds like with proper care it will be okay to move them once the leaves fall.

Also, I have an arborvitae hedge I want to plant them close to. Would it be okay to plan within 3 feet or so of arborvitae hedge? If not, what do you recommend?

Thanks.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2013 at 11:02PM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

I would not plant them closer than half the canopy spread from your arbs.

If the Japanese Maple is expected to get 15 feet wide and the arbs 20 then count off 10 feet for the arbs from the trunk and 7.5 for the maple.

Oh, and if you are in a cold zone like 5 or 4 pushing the maple's cold hardiness I would HURRY or wait till next year.

Good lookin tree btw. What cultivar?

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 12:03AM
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ruanddu

Thanks! I can't recall cultivar off top of my head but will look and see if I can find tag.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 12:10PM
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ruanddu

Thanks! I can't recall cultivar off top of my head but will look and see if I can find tag.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2013 at 2:57PM
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