Big Trees Inc., (, a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, has been contracted to dig up and move a large deciduous Magnolia tree later this month. The tree is 25’ tall and 25’-30’ wide in its branching. The tree is expected to weigh around 25,000 pounds, and will require a 90 ton crane to make the lift to its new location.

Once the tree has had some initial digging to ensure the root system and subgrade soils are suitable for this effort, the property will be modified slightly to accommodate the crane’s access. There will be a number of support trucks on site to establish a road of steel plates for the crane to move into the property. Once the crane is set up and stabilized, it will reach down into the canopy of the tree with rigging that will be fixed to the root ball for lifting. Once the tree is hovering in its new location, the spin and the facing of the tree will be properly arranged, and the tree will be planted into its new home.

This is anticipated to be a significant move, and Big Trees Inc. is readying their materials and arrangements for this event. Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees, says, ”We always look forward to working with these larger trees, and the excitement this kind of transplant can generate in a community. Our crews will see to it that all goes well, and we’re very excited to have this opportunity to save this beautiful tree for our clients.”

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 can 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