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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2017

WHAT IS THE COST TO PURCHASE A MATURE TREE, 35' - 40' TALL

HELLO, IM LOOKING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE COST WOULD BE TO PURCHASE A MATURE MAPLE OR LINDEN TREE, 35' - 40' TALL

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OK, got your seat belt on - based on my limited experience with large tree moves, I would be prepared for a bill of around $30,000-100,000. Obviously, you would have to contact local nurseries and tree farms - the tree itself would not be the major part of the cost (maybe some thousands of $ - say maybe very rough ballpark $5000 I would guess) - the excavation, root balling, and transport is the big issue.


An on-site relocation can run as much as $20,000-50,000 for a large mature tree like this - imagine trying to transport a 30-50 foot diameter tree down the roads to your house ! I have been involved with a few of these (with a professional tree moving company doing the actual moving) - temporarily cutting or propping up power and communications lines, removing street signal arms, taking a very circuitous route to avoid low bridges and overhanging buildings and such, and blocking off streets (so paying for a half dozen police cars as well as several pilot cars) cost a LOT. I was on one job where they shut down an interstate in one direction and set up a detour on local streets for traffic for about two hours for a large historic tree move - that detour and associated highway and police department support was about $20,000 just by itself.


Here are a couple of articles on the issue of moving large trees FYI -


http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/movi...


http://articles.chicagotribune.com/20...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTige...


but basically speaking, moving trees over about 12-20 feet tall (for spreading trees like you are talking about) or about 20-30 feet for tall narrow trees like many conifers, is a MAJOR operation and normally only done for historic trees or ones of particular local significance - and even then the survival rate for moves of trees over about 20 feet tall is not real good because you cannot transplant a large enough rootball to guarantee rerooting will be successful. (For that size tree the rootball should technically be about 20-40 feet in diameter - not real feasible). Plus for that large a tree you are probably talking unsightly guywires spreading well out from the tree for several years at least till the roots extend out enough to safely support it in high winds again.


Considering how fast linden grow, starting with a decently transportable and available (say 15' range) tree for maybe around a thousand or so isntalled (or maybe more like $500 ballpark for 8-10 foot normal nursery trere size) might fill your bill - some maples of course grow slower (though red maples for example commonly grow 1-2 feet per year like lindens), and from my experience are not as happy with being transplanted because of their dependence on their major lateral roots.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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