Tree and shrubs: moving plants

Any tree or shrub will suffer some degree of stress when uprooted. The shock of transplanting or moving can be lessened if the task is carried out correctly.

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Moving a large Phormium. Image: Stephen Record/RHS

Quick facts

Suitable for: Evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs
Timing: Deciduous: during dormancy; evergreens: October or late March
Difficulty: Easy to difficult

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