Moving a Plum Tree

Discussion in 'Fruit and Nut Trees' started by Daniel Mosquin, Mar 8, 2002.

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    This question was asked by email from someone else:

    Is it possible to move a mature plum tree? I think it is a European plum
    variety. The plums are about 1 to 2 inches long with a dark purple exterior
    and yellow-ish interior. I don't know the exact age of the tree but it
    looks well established. I would guess it is in excess of 15 years old.

    The "tree" is actually likely four or five trees all grown together, based
    on the number of trunks that are wound together. It is currently located
    next to the southeast corner of our house. Unfortunately, there is a very
    large cedar tree directly to the plum's south which most of the plum's light
    and also severely restricts its growth.

    We have an open space in the southwest corner of the garden. It is a sunny
    spot, protected by our neighbor's garage to the west.

    Would you recommend that I try moving the tree?
  2. Tony Maniezzo

    Tony Maniezzo Active Member

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    First of all it is unlikely that you have more than one tree planted,what has happened is that the rootstock has suckered sending up numerous shoots. These suckering shoots should be pruned down to below ground level.
    Secondly you need to assess the overall health of the tree, is there any black knot present? Black Knot is systemic and very difficult to eradicate once established.
    Thirdly unless you are confident at moving small to medium sized trees it would probably best to leave it to a qualified proffesional.
    Although the tree could possibly be moved I would reccomend replacing it with another from a nursery.

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