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A lady at our local nursery is trying to clear some old stock. She has four topiarised Catalpas (standard lollipops, about 10 ft tall) that have grown through their pots and into the ground. She says that if we can be bothered to dig them out then we can have them for nothing. Any ideas as to whether they might survive ? I'm inclined to think that we have nothing to lose by giving it a go (but then it is not me, but OH, who will be doing the digging !!!)
Yes! Go for it. Beautiful trees. Just supervise digging lol.
As long as he takes it slowly and gets all the roots they will live. Just choose a day that is not too warm and sunny.
They grow very very big and quite quickly. I took seed from a golden form in 2005 and by 2009 one tree had filled our front garden in London. I have one here in the Peak District. Every winter it is frosted and every summer it grows back by about the same amount, so it's in no danger of taking over here.
Thanks to you both.
Will give it a go. The idea is to keep them pruned to the lollipop shape - if they outgrow their space they will have to go !