I'm moving soon, and about the only regret I have is having to leave my chaste tree behind. I planted it when it was about a foot and a half high, and now it's 7' or so. I hate the idea of some yahoo moving in here in the winter, seeing it bare and chopping it down. Or, just neglecting it. So, I got to wondering if I could move it. I found a thread where a guy said he did with no problems, but I just don't know. I figure it would cost a fortune to have it done, but the guy did it himself, so maybe I could, too. The tree only cost $25 when I bought it a couple of years ago, so I guess the worst case would be killing this beautiful thing that I don't want to see dead. I could just leave it there and hope for the best. It won't be mine, and I won't go back to check on it if I leave it. But, if I could take it, that would be great. I'd have to transport it about 2 miles. Is this in any way feasible? How far have the roots probably spread in a couple of years? Here's a picture: Not a great picture, but it's the only one I've got at the moment. Besides the retaining wall, it's got concrete blocks on both back sides as well. So, the roots are contained for the first foot or so. I don't know if the roots spread out further below that. How many roots can you cut and not harm the tree? Well, it's probably fantasy and I can just buy a new one and hope it does as well. But, it's really the first tree I've planted and nurtured to full size and I'm really attached to it. Oh, and I know some people prune these to actually look like trees--bare towards the base--but I like the bushy look. Just being defensive because people have told me to do that. Nah!