Splitting up a multi-trunk tree - Knowledgebase Question

North Hollywood, CA
Question by izil9
April 5, 2010
Carrot wood trees grow very well in this area so we have a few in our yard. One of them is a multi-trunk tree. It's about 7ft high now (all 3 trunks are almost the same height). Is it possible to separate at least one trunk (they are connected at the root ball only) in order to plant it somewhere else without hurting the tree? We like it as is (multi-trunk) but we could use another shade tree somewhere else....

Thank you so very much,


Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010


I don't think you can successfully divide the trunks on multi-trunk carrotwood tree. These trees tend to colonize an area by sending up new trunks from the root system but since they are all attached to the same main root, separating one will damage the others and probably kill the one you separate. It will be safer for your tree to simply purchase a new tree and plant it somewhere else in your landscape. Small trees are less expensive that larger, more mature trees so look for them in one or two gallon containers. Once in the ground they usualy grow quickly.

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