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Question: How would I go about privately selling my beautiful dwarf laceleaf japanese maple tree? It is over 13 years old, and its trunk's circumference is about 15 inches. It is about 3 or 4 feet tall, 7 feet wide, and about 12 feet long (canopy).It has outgrown its spot in my front yard, and would look gorgeous at a larger house/property.

I was once told that a local man ,unkown to me, grew these trees as a hobby and sold them privately for several thousand dollars each to people who wanted

Answer: Your tree sounds lovely. The problem with selling a mature tree is that you have to find a willing buyer and you also have to arrange to move it and then the tree hopefully will survive being moved. Digging and transporting a tree that size requires professional equipment and expertise. I would suggest you work with a local professionally trained and certified arborist to determine the feasibility and costs involoved in moving the tree. They might also know a potential buyer. Other sources to consult with for tree moving recommendations and potential buyers might include your local county extension as well as landscape architects and designers, nurserymen, landscapers, botanical gardens or arboreta, and even high end real estate agents. Best of luck with your endeavor!

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