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Q.Can A Mature Acer Be Moved?

Zone Surrey SM6 | Nickdb added on June 13, 2021 | Answered

When moving house 10 miles within Surrey I would ideally like to bring my beloved Acer- approx 25 years old, 7 feet high, 50 foot circumference?

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Answered on June 14, 2021

This tree does not do well with moving. This is, especially, true when it is already established. It can be done, but I would seek the assistance of someone in your area that has experience moving existing Japanese maples, specifically.

I can offer another solution, however. Taking a cutting during dormancy (really several cuttings so that you can be sure that you get one tree to survive) can help you to move a smaller tree. You can opt to let it grow on its own, slower, root system, or graft it to a faster maple species as a root stock.

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Answered on June 16, 2021

Thank you for your very helpful advice - now need to find an Acer expert in the UK, preferably London area

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