Transplanting Large Trees

Life Landscapes has specialist technical knowledge when it comes to taking good care of trees, especially harvesting and translocating large trees. Moving trees is complex and trees need to be re-acclimatised carefully if they are to survive and thrive. We advise clients on what trees can be relocated and when the best time would be to move a tree for it to adapt well to its new surroundings. For example, a deciduous tree can only be transplanted in winter, whereas evergreen trees can be transplanted year-round. Certain trees cannot be transplanted at all as they will not survive.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now” - Chinese Proverb













Life Landscapes assists clients with tree translocation and takes measures to prevent damage to trees and property. We source our trees from reputable and ethical sources and can harvest wild trees for bulk orders.

Indigenous trees that are more easily transplanted:

  • Wild olive (Olea Africana)
  • False olive (Buddleja saligna)
  • White stinkwood (Celtis Africana)
  • Lucky bean tree (Erythrina lysistemon)
  • Wild pear (Papaea capensis)
  • Tree wisteria (Bolansanthus specia)

During translocation, both the landscaper and client should be prepared for some casualties, as the root system is halved in the process and can get damaged beyond repair. Nevertheless, Life Landscapes will take every precaution necessary to ensure that there are as few losses as possible.