Can I plant trees and shrubs in the fall?
Broad-leaved and needle-leaved evergreens are best planted in the early fall, up until around October 1 in the NYC area, so that they can become established before winter sets in.
Deciduous trees are best planted after leaf drop, Oct. 15 - Dec. 1, before the ground freezes. However, it is important to note that certain deciduous trees are unusually susceptible to winter damage and so should be planted in early spring. These include Prunus (ornamental cherries), Quercus (oaks), Liquidambar (sweet gums), Crataegus (hawthorns), and Magnolia (magnolias).
Be sure planting conditions are suitable; the ground must not be excessively wet or frozen. Water well after planting and apply a mulch around the planting pit.
For more information, see Purdue University's information page, Fall Ideal for Planting Trees.
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service