SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (, a tree sales and transplant company, was offered an opportunity to extract and save two very large Japanese Maple trees from a residence in Bellevue this month.

The trees were slated to be demolished, but are now successfully root balled and back in Big Trees’ nursery. Big Trees was approached by a homeowner with a problem in late 2017; they had two enormous Japanese Maples on their property line with the street. The trees were overwhelming the frontage of their home from the street and the owner wanted to open up their small front yard and get a new layout to their garden, which put the Japanese Maples on the chopping block.

Once a utility locate was performed to make sure Big Trees’ digging efforts wouldn’t break any buried feeds to the house, Big Trees began the project. With large lifting equipment rented, and a low boy heavy hauling trailer scheduled, the Japanese Maples were root balled. The trees weighed 6-10,000 pounds each. Over the next two days, the Maples were transported to the Big Trees nursery in Snohomish. Additionally, a Stewartia tree that was getting too big for its location was moved to a more suitable location in the front yard.

“Big Trees’ tree rescue program is here for situations like this where someone has a tree that doesn’t fit their situation, but could be extremely desirable for some other homeowner. It’s very exciting to see these big Maples show up in our nursery. Japanese Maples are one of the most unique and dramatic of what we call ‘specimen trees.’ There’s a lot that goes into this kind of an operation, and we can’t wait to see these trees leaf out this spring!”, 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.