Bare Root Tree Planting

What does that mean?

What are the advantages of planting bare root trees? There must be some disadvantages! What are the best techniques to follow for such tree planting?
Checking depth on bare root planting
                                                     Checking depth on a bare root planting

Can all tree species be planted in this way?
  • ash (Fraxinus spp.)
  • crabapples (Malus spp.)
  • English oak (Quercus robur)
  • hybrid Freeman maple (Acer x fremanii)
  • honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
  • Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata)
  • linden (Tilia spp.)
  • Shantung maple (Acer truncatum)
  • sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
  • red oak (Quercus rubra)
  • Not recommended for bare root planting:
  • hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)
  • hornbeam (Carpinus spp.)
  • hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)
  • ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
  • shingle oak (Quercus imbricaria)
  • hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
  • Where can I get more information?

    Nina Bassuk. 2000.  "Creating the urban forest: the bare root method."  Ithaca, NY:Cornell University.  For other information, advice and help on this topic, call offices of your State Urban Forestry Coordinator or University Extension service, or visit urban forestry web sites.