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Can I move a cotinus tree?

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi everyone!

We have a cotinus in our garden (in the UK) that's 9 years old, grown from a small plant my husband's rather attached to. We're moving house some time in the autumn/winter and he'd like to take it with us.

If we dug it up do you think it would survive the move? Is it a kind of tree that would need a tree surgeon to do it in order to ensure it survives?

If it is safe to move ourselves is there anything particular we should do to it beforehand or while being moved?

Many thanks in advance.

On plant Cotinus coggygria coggygria



After nine years, the chances of transplanting it successfully are remote, without a crane, a large tarpaulin and a mini digger - the rootball will be pretty big, not something you'd physically be able to lift yourselves. I'd be inclined to let it continue enjoying its life where it is, and buy another one for your new residence.

5 Aug, 2010


I agree with Bamboo. BUT Cotinus usually has several very low-growing branches. You could try propagating it by layering: push a low-growing branch (or several if you can) into the soil (adding compost if possible), then make a strong u-shape with wire to keep the branch(es) in the soil (like an upside-down hairpin). After 4 - 6 weeks, roots should form where you have pressed it into the ground, and you will be able to take your new "cuttings" with you when you move.

5 Aug, 2010

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