Mature trees perform many functions in a landscape, as screens and boundaries, providing shade and in dispersing groundwater. Usually, if one is starting from scratch, the procedure is to plant nursery trees and let them grow to fulfill these functions. If you can’t wait, you can move or plant a fully grown tree. It is certainly possible to move a fully grown tree on an inconvenient location to a better location on the same property.
This particular tree was an individual 40 foot tall beech tree in New Jersey that the owner wanted at their Brattle Street Cambridge home. The mature tree was trucked in from NJ using a semi truck with a flat bed trailer with two escorts and set in place with a heavy crane. Once in place, this fully grown tree anchors the entire landscape, which was the owner’s intent.