Tree Replanting Facts


Replanting trees is a difficult project that is undertaken to prevent the loss of a tree due to building, roadway and other construction. A tree also may need to be replanted because it has outgrown its present site or because it should be relocated to a better site.


Some trees with a high success rate are green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), river birch (Betula nigra), American elm (Ulmus americana), common honey-locust (Gleditsia triacanthos), silver maple (Acer saccharinum), cottonwood (Populus sp.), sumac (Rhus sp.) and willow (Salix sp.).


Check the replanting site for light, moisture, soil and wind exposure appropriate for the tree being replanted. Make sure there will be enough room when the tree matures and reaches its full size.


Replanting is stressful for the tree, so moving an unhealthy tree to a better site will most likely cause the tree to go into a decline and die.

Time Frame

The best time to move a deciduous tree is in the spring after the ground thaws and before the tree develops buds, or in the fall before the ground freezes and the leaves have fallen. Move evergreens in late summer or early fall.


Younger trees replant better than older trees, deciduous trees better than evergreens and shallow-rooted trees better than deep-rooted trees.


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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.