It takes an expert when it comes to moving a Big Tree. We have the people & we have the tools. We recently moved a Big Tree from our Leesburg Branch and we documented the process with our local photographer. The tree is a Prunus cer Thundercloud 5-5.5”. The results are below.
Big trees in the U.S. are most notably from California, where the redwood and sequoia trees are found. Since their discovery during the Gold Rush in the middle of the 19th century, big tree finds have spread throughout the world, particularly in the US and Europe, but also in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and South America.
Interestingly enough, sequoias will reach a height of 30ft (10m) after one decade, and after 5 decades will usually reach a height of 130 ft (40m). Some of them can grow over 300 feet tall, as tall as a city skyscraper.
What Are The Requirements For Big Tree Landscaping?
The biggest trees are strong and hardy; they aren’t easily affected by insects or diseases. Because of this, they can live for many years.
However, big trees take many years to mature & the success of big tree landscaping depends a lot on the matching of the region’s climate to that of the tree family’s location. Oaks, maples, cypress, & cherry trees are examples of trees that fall into the category for our region.
So, you won’t grow the large tree you want within your lifetime if you are just now considering planting a seed.
Unless you use an already existing large tree…
How You Can Get Started With Big Tree Landscaping Now
Big tree sales create a feel of maturity when transplanting existing big trees into your landscape. This is the fastest method for big tree landscaping. A big tree nursery raises strong and healthy large trees for transplanting.
So, what are some of the benefits of big tree landscaping?
Blocking wind and shading the house can reduce heating and cooling utility bills
A fully matured large tree can be worth anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 (small trees were found to have no effect on sales prices)
A big tree will give a newly built house the illusion of maturity and steadfastness with a large tree or two planted around it.
Underneath certain types of big trees is a good place to grow certain types of plants. The types of trees that don’t cut off all light to anything growing underneath are good candidates for this. Many plants that do well with partial sunlight or shade will grow very well under big trees. Ask your local nursery for advice about these “base” plantings.
Our farm has an excellent selection of mature trees which include Autum Blaze Maples, Pin Oaks, & Yoshino Cherry trees. You can view examples of these and others on our BIG TREES page.
There are many different factors to take into consideration with big tree landscaping. For more information on these other factors, check out this thorough article on the subject.