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It seems to us that trees evolved perfectly successfully over many millions of years without being staked! The flexing of the trunk builds strength so - outside an urban environment where vandalism is the problem - staking is actualy counterproductive. If you need to designate a tree as a planted specimen then it can quite easily have a post to which it is not attached! Make sure it does not restrict or abrade the movement of the tree. There will be exceptions, especially large specimens in leaf on exposed sites, where some interim protecion is sensible but generally, provided the tree is adequately rooted/planted, it should take care of itself and will be stronger as a result.

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