Live Oaks due well when transplanted properly. Some large Live Oaks have been transplanted in South Ms, and La., with great success. One tree in La.,It took hundreds of people working over 48 hours to re-plant the live oak tree (Quercus Virginiana) on Ol’ Man Island. It is the largest living oak tree ever to be transplanted, with an original height of 55 feet and a weight of approximately 85 tons (including box and dirt). This live oak, and its sister tree in front of Port Orleans Riverside, were transplanted from the site that now contains Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. A wooden plaque on the island reads as follows:
“On Earth Day April 22, 1991 this majestic Live Oak was placed in its new home before you, The Oak and its companion at the entrance of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside each weighed 85 tons and were transplanted from a wooded location 13 miles away. Cypress boxes 22 foot square were constructed around and beneath each Oak, and after months of preparation, the transportation took three days. Ol’ Man Island was then constructed around this Oak as you see it now."
In Ms, Here’s an interesting story about a large tree, although not a champion tree.
The largest tree in the world ever transplanted, a live oak weighing almost 300 tons, was picked up and moved 100 yards during the weekend of April 13-14, 1996, in Biloxi, Mississippi. This giant tree—593,049 pounds, 50 feet tall, a trunk 52 inches in diameter and branch circumference 95 feet wide—was actually the largest of 3 giant live oaks that Grand Casino contracted to be moved in order to preserve them. This world-record transplant was performed by Environmental Design, a Houston, Texas firm. The cost was $35,000 for the actual uprooting and moving, with the total contract for the project estimated at $60,000.