Big Trees Inc. Helps Relocate a Large Japanese Maple

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (, a tree sales and transplant company, was asked to help relocate a large Japanese Maple tree for a group of residents involved in a local school remodel.

The tree had a long standing heritage at the entrance to the school. When the school started its remodeling project, the locals decided to privately raise the funds to have this large tree moved to the entrance of the new school.

Big Trees was first contacted about this project in early December 2018. Once it was decided that this tree was a viable candidate for proper root balling and transplanting to the new proposed planting location, Big Trees generated some estimates for what the process might involve financially. A local group of volunteers began raising the funds to accommodate this transplant.

The Japanese Maple was originally planted in 1967, and has been seen as a heritage tree to most all who have attended the school over the years. It is now 20-feet tall by 20-feet wide with numerous trunks in a thick diameter. The tree weighed-in at around 25,000 pounds once it was properly dug and bound with burlap and rope. The tree was rigged and lifted onto a truck for transport to the new installation location. Once the crane was set up in the next location, the tree was lifted off of the transport vehicle and planted in its new planting environment.

The tree is going to receive ongoing supervision and care from the volunteers’ group who worked hard to raise the funds.

“This Japanese Maple will hopefully continue to welcome many more generations of students at the school’s new entrance, as it has done for the last 50 years in its former location.” said Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at or They can be reached at 360-563-2700.