|Japanese Maple before moving. 10.18.14|
It grew too well there. Now it's time to find a better place. As it happens, a dogwood died, and the location needs a small to medium size tree. If I am correct about the parentage of this maple, it should be in that range. It seems to have a semi-weeping shape, which is nice.
I dug it out. Nice root mass. No winding or crossing roots. That's a good aspect of growing it myself. It is not subjected to tree nursery abuses.
I planted at the same depth as it was. Since it's fall, this is a good time to plant. It can grow some more roots before winter and again in early spring before the top starts growing again.
I read that it's not appropriate to top prune on transplanting, so I didn't. I did remove a few wide ranging branches that were in the way. Next Spring, it may need some corrective pruning due to closely crossing branches. Mostly it's OK the way it is.
I like that this is a home - grown, own-root, seedling tree. Not just because it's free, but because it feels more like it's my doing.
|Japanese Maple Root Mass. 10.18.14|
|Transplanted Japanese Maple. 10.18.14|