How to Transplant a Weeping Cherry


The weeping cherry tree is a variety that reaches a height of up to 30 feet with a spread averaging about 25 feet. Weeping cherry trees produce light pink blooms in early spring and are hardy to plant in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones 4 through 8. Transplant the weeping cherry tree in early spring to give the tree enough time to establish the root system before winter. Choose weeping cherry trees that have a trunk less than 4 inches in diameter for best success with moving.

Step 1

Estimate the root ball diameter by measuring the diameter of the tree trunk. The diameter of the root ball is approximately 1 foot for every 1 inch of the trunks diameter. A 5-inch diameter tree trunk requires digging around it for 5 feet in diameter. Note the direction each side of the tree is facing so you can plant it in the new location facing the same directions.

Step 2

Dig around the estimated diameter of the root ball about 2 to 3 feet deep. You want to remove as much of the main root ball as possible to increase the success with transplanting the tree.

Step 3

Place the edge of 3 to 4 planks under the root ball and use them in a lever action to raise the root ball out of the ground. You may need to snip through roots attached to the surrounding ground.

Step 4

Lift the root ball from the ground and place it on a nylon tarp. Wrap the tarp around the root ball to hold the dirt while moving the weeping cherry tree to the new location.

Step 5

Dig a planting hole for the weeping cherry that is twice as wide as the root ball and slightly deeper. Place several inches of organic compost in the bottom of the hole and fill it half full of water to moisten the surrounding ground.

Step 6

Place the root ball into the hole, making sure the tree is facing the same direction as in the previous growing location. Fill half of the hole with soil following by a good soaking of water to compact the soil. Fill the remaining area with soil and tamp it down.

Step 7

Water the soil again after transplanting the weeping cherry to limit air pockets around the root ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Shovel
  • Wood planks
  • Tarp
  • Organic compost
  • Water


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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.