How to Transplant Mimosa

Overview

Flowering trees add color and beauty to many landscape designs, including formal and naturalized areas. One type of blossoming tree, the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin), produces clusters of pom-pom type flowers in late spring and early summer. Originally from China, mimosa trees readily grow along roadways and other locations with areas of disturbed soil. This member of the legume family reaches a mature height between 20 and 40 feet tall. Due to their invasive nature, mimosa trees may require transplantation to separate areas of the yard.

Step 1

Transplant your mimosa tree into a sunny area of your landscape in the early spring. Choose a location away from nearby trees, shrubs and plants. Do not plant these medium-sized trees under overhead power lines or against structures. Select a spot with adequate space for mature growth.

Step 2

Prepare the soil in the new location before digging up your tree. Although these trees tolerate a variety of soils, they prefer average to well-drained soils. Remove any existing ground covers and nearby plants. Loosen the soil with a garden shovel and mix in a little compost to increase drainage in heavy and compacted soils.

Step 3

Dig up your mimosa tree with a sharp spade. Make a cut through the surface soil in a circle around the base of your tree. Make your circle about the same diameter as the overhead canopy. Most trees form root balls about as wide as their canopies. Make a trench along this circle by cutting straight down through the soil to a depth of about 15 to 24 inches. Use your spade to separate the bottom of the root ball from the underlying soil.

Step 4

Place your root ball on a piece of large burlap or tarp to transport to your new location. Set the tree in the middle of the burlap and pull the edges up over the root ball. Tie in place with a piece of rope. Transport your tree by holding it by its root ball. Do not pull on the trunk or the branches. Use a wagon or wheelbarrow if the tree is too heavy to carry to its new location.

Step 5

Dig your new hole the same depth as the root ball and about twice as wide. Carefully remove the root ball from the burlap and set into the center of your hole. Fill in the sides with removed soil and pack down firmly to remove any pockets of air under the roots. Slowly apply water from your hose to soak soil around the root ball.

Tips and Warnings

  • Check with your utility companies before digging deep holes in your landscape. Many companies want to locate buried lines before homeowners dig.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Spade
  • Burlap or tarp
  • Rope
  • Wagon or wheelbarrow
  • Garden hose

References

  • Oregon State University: Mimosa
  • North Dakota State University: Transplanting Trees and Shrubs
  • "Botanica's Gardening Encyclopedia", Susan Page, 2001

Who Can Help

  • University of Texas: Mimosa
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