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Can I grow a tall tree in a large container

I have just moved into a new home and sadly the silver birch which is jammed behind the log store and boundary hedge has outgrown its space and is causing some damage to the house wall. We have arranged to have it removed but it provides some shelter to our bedroom window upstairs and I am wondering if I could when it has gone replace it with something similar in a large container. Any ideas please with regard to whether it is possible, which tree and what size container. Thanks


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Unsure how tall a tree you want to start with as most trees will grow in containers for several years after all thats how tree nursery sell most of them.
    The cost of a large tree would be considerable as would a large container.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,320
    edited July 2018
    These people are famous as suppliers of large container grown trees.

    If you study their website you will notice two things.

    Firstly, all the trees in their nursery are tied down, tied up and tied in. A large tree in a pot is just waiting to get blown over.

    Secondly, you will notice that all their trees, however large and in whatever sized container, are all designed to be planted in the ground eventually. A large tree requires prodigious amounts of water every day. Would you be able to give it the equivalent of 50 watering cans full every day?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    If the one that is being chopped down has 'outgrown its space' and is jammed in between log store and boundary, will you have room to put a large pot which will take up more room than a tree in the ground???
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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