Here are some tips from Paul James for relocating any size tree.
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Here are Paul James' steps for relocating most any tree, regardless of its size. In this example he is transplanting a purple-leaved Katsura, "a cute little tree" that belongs to the genus Cercidiphyllum and is native to Japan.
- Dig up the rootball (figure A). A general rule of thumb to remember: the bigger the rootball the better.
Tip: The optimum time to transplant is when trees are dormant. That way they begin to develop strong root systems before they leaf out and are not as stressed by the move.