I've chopped down 6 nice ones to about 10-12", depending on the truck, which vary between 1 3/4"-3" . My boss has a grove, in his back yard of J. Maples(hundreds) from a large tree in the neighbors yard. He said I can help myself to whatever I want. I dug up some in the spring that are doing fine.Which is better-spring or late fall-for removing them? These I'm pruning first while in the ground. The others I dug then pruned. These trees will look like some of the $3000 ones, in a few years if I'm careful. And if I eff some up, no money lost here, but a plant or tree loosing its life shouldn't be taken lightly.