Cedar Tree – How And When To Move It
Q: I have a cedar tree that is six feet tall and I want to move it to a
different location. How can I move it successfully and when is a good time to
A: Eastern redcedar, Juniperus virginiana, is a great native tree. The berries
are loved by birds and the foliage makes an excellent place for them to nest.
They grow all over the Southeast. Their toughness results from a wiry,
spreading root system that can anchor and find sustenance in most
environments. Because the roots spread so widely, big trees are difficult to
In my experience, redcedar trees from six inches to six
feet high are the best candidates for moving. Late fall through early spring
provides the best transplanting weather. As long as you attempt to get most of
the root system, typical digging and planting techniques will yield success.