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How to Select Trees

Not all trees sold commercially are equal. Purchasing a tree should be considered an investment, so take your time in selecting the right one and visit several nurseries if necessary.

When inspecting a tree, whether ball and burlapped (B&B), containerized or bare root, be sure to look at both above- and below-ground qualities before purchasing.

Reject trees that do not have the following qualities.

Above-ground qualities

  • Form Overall healthy appearance
  • Trunk Strong central leader; little or no scarring on trunk
  • Branches Balanced on the trunk; 2-4 inches of new shoot growth from previous year; few broken branches if any
  • Bark No signs of damage or wounds
  • Leaves Normal size and color for that species at that time of year; no evidence of spots, blight or wilting

Below-ground qualities

  • Root Main roots should not be exposed or covered by more than 4 inches of soil; not girdling or circling the trunk; strong root ball (B&B)

Ask nursery staff to temporarily remove any protective covering such as on the trunk that might be concealing damage.

You have now selected that tree! Now learn how to plant and care for it.