Is It Too Late To Transplant Young Hawthorn Trees

Question From: Murphysboro, Illinois, United States
Q: I have two young Hawthorn trees I obtained as small twigs from the Arbor Day Foundations that have grown in a sheltered spot for several years. They are now about 3 feet tall and I would like to plant them in my back yard. My neighbor who is a forester advised me to wait until they dropped their leaves. I live in southern Illinois and it is now mid November. We are having unseasonable cold weather with daytime temps in the upper 30's and nightime temps in the 20's and teens. Is it too late to replant them this year? They still have a few leaves.

A: Normally I would say go ahead and plant them. But this sudden cold snap makes me nervous. I think it's very stressful for all trees and plants. If they were mine I would wait until March or as soon as the soil can be dug in spring. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.