What is the best way to transplant a Mimosa (Silk) Tree from area of my yard into the front lawn? - Knowledgebase Question

Amityville, NY
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Question by Fseaman5
August 17, 2005
Good Day. I have a beautiful Mimosa (Silk) Tree that I was given
last year - it's approx. 6 feet tall and it bloomed this year. I
was so-o excited as I grew up with a huge one in our front lawn
and was hoping to transplant this one to a southeastern exposure
into my front lawn.

I'd like your direction as I had another one that had self-seededand had grown to maybe 5 feet tall yet it seemed to be very brittle and
it broke off at the root when we ried to transplant it last year.

I would like to take every precaution to assure that the transplant
of this beautiful and sentimental tree is a success!

Thanks and regards!

Answer from NGA
August 17, 2005
This tree is extremely difficult to transplant because of the way the roots grow. I do not know of a better way to do it, unfortunately. If you really want a tree in the front yard you might try starting some seeds from this one in that location this fall. Set the seed pod and seeds on top of some old rotted down mulch where you want the new tree. Cross your fingers. Look for seedlings next spring. Or, transplant a very small seedling (just an inch or two tall) in the spring. Take a big shovelfull of soil with the seedling to avoid disturbing the roots at all. Good luck!

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