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One, two, tree lift: How to move a prized tree

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Janet Draper | Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian's overgrown Japanese maple was moved successfully while still in leaf; the larger the tree, the more likely special equipment will be needed to dig and move it.

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Ornamental trees and shrubs can outgrow their allotted space or find themselves in the way of a new patio or addition. By relocating a prized plant, the gardener can not only save a tree but also provide a great focal point for a reworked area.

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Janet Draper | Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian's overgrown Japanese maple was moved successfully while still in leaf; the larger the tree, the more likely special equipment will be needed to dig and move it.

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