Serviceberry Tree Moved A Lot

Q: I am in charge of a serviceberry tree that will be part of a religious ceremony. It will have to be brought indoors several times during an upcoming weekend. Will this harm the tree or affect its dormancy? 

A: As long as you keep it cool and dark most of the time, it should not suffer harm. The only risk would be if it were planted during or just before frigid weather. No plant likes being subjected to cold temperatures it’s not ready for. To be on the safe side, when your ceremony is over put the tree in a carport or other sheltered spot for ten days before you plant it. It will regain whatever dormancy it lost and can be put in its final spot outdoors.

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