Trees and Shrubs forum: Is it ok to cut the tap root of a baby white oak?

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(Zone 7b)
Apr 17, 2016 6:47 AM CST
There was one growing at the front porch. Users in another forum told me it would be safe to do that and replant it. I did that 3 weeks ago.

Will it live? It's been turned around opposite of the way I planted it. Not sure how that happened as it's securely in the ground. It has bulbs/buds (it was there before as well), no leaves have sprouted. I've watered it once a week.

If it's dead, will deer avoid eating it? They ate the leaves off the maple I replanted, which is near the oak. But they left the oak alone. I know deer like young bark, but not this Oak's bark.

Thank You!
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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Apr 18, 2016 10:45 AM CST
White Oaks are notorious for being hard to transplant. Reason is they have one long tap root. Logic tell me if it losses that main tap root, it dies. Just a guess. Gene
(Zone 7b)
Apr 18, 2016 5:53 PM CST
Thank you so much! Smiling

(Zone 8b)
Apr 20, 2016 10:45 AM CST
A horticulturist said it is ok to cut some of the tap root of a very small (baby sized) tree. My husband has done it on a couple that he was moving. But remember, they must be very small.

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