Will a tree that's been potted for 4 years, start growing again to full maturity?

My in-laws gave us their Japanese Plum Tree which has been in a pot for the past 3-4 years. It is about 7 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter. My wife would like to plant it in the yard in hopes it will continue to grow to full maturity and produce fruit. My concern is that since it's been potted for so many years, it will not restart it's growth. What are the chances it will fully mature?

Submitted by hinschusker

Any type of tree that has been growing in a container for several years can reach its full size potential if transplanted into the ground. The main caution is that after growing so long in a container, the roots may be circling in the pot, and may not spread out of the rootball on their own. Either slice through the outer roots at planting time to force new, branched root growth, or pull the roots out of the root ball to give them a start at spreading out into surrounding soil.

Answered by DSchrock
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Thanks, D!
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