Transplant a Hackberry Tree

Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a popular shade tree found in Midwestern America. It grows fast and can reach a height of up to 130 feet, with a trunk diameter of 3 feet. Hackberry trees are generally tolerant to drought, air pollution and short-term floods. They can be planted in clay or sand.

Site Conditions

Hackberry trees usually adjust well to transplantation but require a year or two to recover. The soil around the root system remains intact during transplantation, which minimizes the transplant shock.

This tree grows best in rich and deep soils that are neutral or have a basic pH. The site should have adequate moisture and sunlight for the proper growth of trees. The tree’s root should be sufficiently moist before transplanting.

Preparing for Transplant

Successful transplantation requires proper site preparation. A hole that is 1 to 2 feet wider than the size of the root should be dug. The plant should be carefully placed in the hole without breaking the root soil ball. One-third of hole should be slowly filled with soil and water. This allows the soil ball to saturate. There should not be any burlap above the soil surface, as it may dry the root ball.

Post-Transplant Care

Newly transplanted trees require routine watering, mulching, and fertilization. The optimum quantity of water required by a newly transplanted tree is 5 to 7 gallons. However, additional watering might be required if the soil and weather conditions are poor. Wood and bark chips are good mulching materials. A nitrogen-based fertilization is most suitable for Hackberry trees.