How Much Does A Tree Weigh? Dealing With Problem Trees

uproot tree

Trees can provide your home with a lot of benefits. Aside from helping to improve the aesthetic qualities of your property, trees can help make your environment friendlier and livelier. Unfortunately, if the tree is not maintained properly, or if a storm uproots it, a tree can cause a lot of damage.

Some trees can also grow in undesirable areas where they have the potential to cause people harm, to destroy different structures or simply to obstruct the view. And the only way to deal with problem trees is by cutting them down or by removing them from your property.

Unfortunately, it is not as easy as it sounds. In some cases, you will have to ask permission from the authorities so you won’t be in trouble with the law. But in most cases, you will have to find a way how you can possibly remove a tree that will probably weigh a ton or more.

How Much Does A Tree Weigh? Dealing With Problem Trees

How Do You Calculate The Weight Of The Trees?

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In order to know how much a tree weighs, you need to use a bit of mathematics. You need to factor-in the approximate height of the tree, the diameter and its specie. You can get the diameter by putting a tape measure around the tree and by dividing it by pi.

These information can be used to calculate the weight of the tree through an algorithm. When using the algorithm, you need to identify what tree has to be weighed. Different tree species such as hardwood trees, sweet gum, yellow poplar and other trees will be calculated using their own values.

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Most tree surgeons and tree removers use this algorithm in order to get the actual weight of the tree as accurately as possible. The algorithm will not just include the weight of the tree that is above ground, but it can also include the weight of its roots, which comprises 20% of the overall weight of the tree.

Knowing how to calculate the weight of the tree will help them plan its removal as safely as possible. It can also help them know what type of heavy equipment or machinery they need to use so that it will be removed methodically without doing more damage to your property.

How Much Does A Tree Weigh?

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Depending on what type of tree you are dealing with and depending on how big it is, the weight of a single tree can range from a ton to 50 tons or more. Hardwood trees for example are known to be very heavy. As a matter of fact, full-sized hardwood trees can easily exceed 50 tons.

To help you understand better, an 80-foot hardwood tree with a 24-inch diameter can weigh as much as 20,000 pounds while a 50-foot pine tree with a 12-inch diameter will only weigh as much as 2,000. That is how significant the weight difference is between a hardwood tree and a softwood tree.

If you can’t use the algorithm and you don’t know the specie of the tree, you can also estimate the weight of hardwood trees using its diameter or circumference. For example, calculations have shown that hardwood trees with a diameter of 12 inches or a circumference of 38 inches will weigh 0.75 tons.

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Hardwood trees with a 14-inch diameter on the other hand, will weigh 1 ton. Larger hardwood trees that are around 24 inches in diameter can weigh as much as 3.55 tons while mature hardwood trees that already have 36 inches in diameter or 113 inches in circumference can weigh a whopping 8.21 tons.

Although these weights are only rough estimates, it is by far the easiest way for you to get the weight of a tree. You will only need to get a measuring tape and then refer it to a prepared table that can provide you with the weight of a tree based on its diameter or circumference.


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Different trees will weigh differently even though they have the same height or diameter. This is because each tree species are made up differently from each other. The best way for you to get the weight of a tree is by knowing its height, diameter, specie and by using the algorithm.

Although the algorithm will not be able to provide you with the actual weight, it can provide you with a realistic and almost accurate estimate of the tree’s weight including the weight of the roots. Using it is necessary especially if you are planning to remove the tree using heavy equipment and machinery.

If you lack the necessary information, you can simply use the tree’s diameter so you can check its corresponding weight estimate in a prepared table. Doing so can help you provide as much information as possible to service providers who can help you get rid of the problem trees in your property.

Do you have problem trees in your area? Tell us how you calculated its weight in the comments section.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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