General Tree questions or share your knowledge forum: Transplanting Question
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|Several years ago, I planted a dwarf Alberta Spruce and a Flowering Dogwood. Both were very small at the time. The dogwood was only 4' and skinny as a twig. Now they are both getting too big to be this close together. I think maybe they're spaced 4 to 5 feet apart. And I'm wondering if that Alberta is really a dwarf. I understand you can transplant when they are dormant which is probably November for Chicago. I'll try to post a pic tonight so you can see how close they are and the size of them.
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Picea glauca 'Albertiana Conica', the dwarf Alberta spruce, can get quite large. Dwarf conifers grow between 1 to 6 inches a year. At 6" a year. in 10 years, a plant would be be 5' taller than when planted. At 1 inch a year, the plant would only be 10" taller - quite a big difference.
Fall is an excellent time to move woody plants since the ground is warm and the air is cool. Root growth is most active in woody plants in the fall.
Dwarf Alberta spruce are very, very common, and not very expensive, so if the Alberta spruce is crowding the Cornus too much, I would just dig the spruce up and discard it and buy a new one and plant it in the new location. Transplanting could make the original spruce ratty looking and then it will need to be replaced anyway, so it might be best to put the new spruce in right away. No need to lose years of growth waiting to see if the tree will recover from transplanting.
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