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Everything You Need To Know: Tree Planting Cost for Big and Small Trees

Tree planting is an important aspect of landscaping, it can be done for a variety of reasons, such as to increase property value, improve the environment, and provide shade. However, the cost of planting a tree can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the tree, the type of tree, the location, soil condition, the distance of transportation, and the planting method.

In general, larger trees will be more expensive to plant than smaller trees. In this discussion, Big Easy Tree Removal will explore the factors that affect the cost of planting big and small trees and what you can expect to pay for tree-planting services. We will also discuss the importance of proper tree planting techniques, and how they can affect the tree’s health and survival rate.

Factors in Calculating the Cost of Planting a Tree

The cost of planting a tree is determined by several factors, including the size of the tree, the species, the age of the tree, and labor costs. The cost is also affected by the type of equipment required to plant the tree. A planting calculator is not required to make a rough estimate.

Tree Size

A small tree (under 3 feet tall) purchased from a gardening center in a 1- or 2-gallon container will cost less to plant than a larger tree that must be moved from a tree nursery and planted in the yard (via a large tree spade).

In general, professional planting of small trees ranges from $150 to $300 per tree, while a larger tree (over 15 feet) will run $1,500 to $3,000.

Number of Trees

tree planting costPlanting a single tree can cost more per tree than multiple trees. While planting one small tree costs between $150 and $300, depending on size and species, planting five small trees at the same time costs between $300 and $700, or about $60 to $140 per tree.

If you intend to incorporate several trees into your landscape, you may be able to save money by having them planted at the same time.

Tree Maturity

The cheapest time to plant a tree is when it is small; it will cost between $150 and $300 to plant. A tree’s roots spread out as it grows, so planting a larger tree will necessitate the use of a large tree spade. If you choose a tree currently growing on a tree farm, a tree spade will be necessary for digging up the tree roots with the soil still intact.

This type of specialized planting necessitates the hiring of a professional tree-moving company with the necessary large equipment, which can cost up to $3,000 depending on the size of the tree.

Tree Location

The cost is also affected by where you want the tree planted. The cost is bound to rise whenever an area of the yard is difficult to access, as is common in yards with steep slopes, retaining walls, and narrow accesses that make it difficult for the tree-planting company to move their machinery.

The more time it takes to complete the job, the more you will be charged in labor costs. If the soil is rocky and difficult to dig, additional fees may apply.

Labor, Crew Size, and Equipment

planting a treeLabor costs are a factor in the overall cost of tree planting, and most landscaping companies charge a flat rate per hour for their workers regardless of the service they provide. General tree, shrub, flower, or grass planting, for example, costs $50 to $150 per hour in labor.

Other businesses may charge a flat fee of $4 to $10 per square foot for the same services. The higher the hourly rate, the larger the crew, but large crews often complete the job in fewer hours.

Permit or Inspection Fees

Planting a tree of any size necessitates digging a hole, and whenever you dig a hole, you risk hitting buried utility lines.

If a permit is required, the landscaping or tree-planting company will usually include the fee in the overall price. If the tree planting is a do-it-yourself project, the homeowner should check with the local building and zoning authority to see if a permit is required. Depending on the community’s permitting rates, a tree-planting permit could cost $25 to $100 or more.

Cost to Plant a Tree: Popular Types of Trees

There are hundreds of tree species, but some are more popular than others, usually due to the hardiness, ease of growth, and design of the tree. Trees can be purchased in person or ordered online from garden and landscaping centers.

Be aware that when ordering trees online, shipping charges are usually added. The following species are commonly used in landscaping, but professional planting fees will apply.

American Arborvitae

The American arborvitae, which is native to the United States, is a popular choice for windbreaks, hedges, and privacy screens. It grows in USDA zones 5–7 and retains its green color all year.

At maturity, this hardy evergreen can grow up to 60 feet tall. A small (under 3-foot) arborvitae will cost between $50 and $60. Professional planting fees will apply.


dogwoodThe dogwood is a showpiece in the landscape, with large white blossoms in spring. Because the dogwood does not tolerate cold winter temperatures and thrives in temperate regions, most dogwood varieties, such as Blue Ray Kousa dogwood, grow well in USDA Zones 5 through 8.

A small dogwood tree should cost around $60. Professional planting will be extra and will be determined by the fees of the individual landscaping company.

Eastern White Pine

The Eastern white pine, a stately evergreen with green foliage all year, is often planted in groups for windbreaks, but it also looks great as a single specimen tree. This cone-bearing pine tree is reasonably priced, and homeowners may be able to purchase up to ten small Eastern white pines for less than $500. However, expect to pay more to have them professionally planted.


In USDA zones 3 through 9, the ginkgo tree turns a lovely shade of fluorescent yellow in early fall, making it an excellent choice for an ornamental specimen. A small ginkgo (less than 3 feet tall) may cost $70, while a larger specimen (5 to 6 feet tall) will likely cost closer to $130. Professional tree planting services are not included in the price.

Japanese Red Maple

The Japanese red maple is hardy in USDA zones 5 through 8, and it comes in a variety of varieties, the majority of which never grow taller than 15 feet at maturity. This landscaping favorite is valued for its red foliage, which stands out against the green of a lawn or other foliage.

Expect to pay around $150 for a small (1- to 2-foot) Japanese maple and around $180 for a 3- to 4-foot specimen among the more expensive ornamental trees. Professional planting fees will apply.

Kwanzan Cherry

The Kwanzan cherry tree stands out among the other blossoming cherry trees because it bursts into bright pink blossoms in the spring that cover the entire tree. This blooming tree can grow to a mature height of up to 40 feet and thrives in USDA zones 5 through 9. A 6- to 7-foot Kwanzan cherry tree costs about $140 on average, not including professional planting fees.

Little Gem Magnolia

The Little Gem Magnolia tree does not disappoint those who live in USDA zones 7 through 9. This species, like other magnolia trees, has stunning white blooms in spring and can reach a mature height of up to 20 feet, making it a good choice for placement in a large perennial bed or as a single specimen.

The Little Gem Magnolia ranges in price from around $100 for a small tree (under 2 feet) to $150 for a 3- to 4-foot tree. Professional planting fees will be charged in addition.

Monterrey Oak

The Monterrey oak tree, also known as the Mexican white oak, is native to the southern United States and grows well in USDA zones 7 through 10. In early spring, the tree produces large, thick leaves that are prized for their peach coloring.

The tree can grow to be up to 40 feet tall when mature, so it requires plenty of space. Expect to pay up to $100 for a medium-size (5- to 6-foot) tree. The cost of planting is not included.

Shadblow Serviceberry

The Shadblow serviceberry tree produces edible fruits after clusters of fragrant white blossoms appear in spring. The tree is hardy in USDA zones 3 through 8, and it can grow up to 25 feet tall when mature. A shadblow serviceberry is a cost-effective option, costing around $40 for a small tree, but planting fees will apply.

Let Our Certified Arborists Plant Your Trees Today!

At Big Easy Tree Removal, we understand that tree planting in New Orleans can be a daunting task. That’s why our certified arborists are here to help! Our team of experienced professionals will ensure your trees are planted correctly and safely, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come. We use the latest techniques and equipment to ensure your trees are planted with precision and care. Plus, we offer competitive rates and free estimates. Contact us today to get started!

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