Container Trees Have Higher Survival Rate
and No Shock in Warm Weather
If a container red oak & dug red oak are planted on the same day during July, which has an average temperature of 95.4°, the dug tree will be subject to the extreme summer heat and experience shock. Shock is when a tree cannot take up enough water through the roots to replace the water evaporating from the leaves. A dug tree is transplanted with only 40% of its roots and is incapable of absorbing the adequate amount of water, resulting in the leaves turning brown. However, the heat will not affect the container red oak because it is planted with 100% of its roots. It is my professional opinion that the survival rate for container trees is significantly higher than dug trees because the container tree experiences no shock.