When a building project comes into conflict with a big tree, the solution usually involves a chainsaw. But that's not the only option. If the tree is rich in scenic, sentimental, or historical value and the budget is sized to match, Capital Tree Locators can probably help. The Austin, Texas­based company specializes in transplanting mature trees and will travel just about anywhere in the U.S. to do it.

To move the 70-foot ginkgo tree shown here, company employees loaded a truck with equipment and supplies — including a powerful air-operated pipe-driving machine and over a thousand feet of high-pressure oil-rig pipe — and drove nearly 2,000 miles to the site of a high-end residential remodeling project in the Boston area. On arrival, the crew...

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