Nursery Stock - Tree Selection
The successful growth of a tree to maturity depends on the quality of the tree itself.
Do not choose a tree that has:
- Had the central leader cut back (topped).
- Damaged back or old wounds on the trunk or branches.
- Been pot bound by a container, or has girdling roots. Remove the container and inspect the root system.
- Been planted too deep in the container (trunk root flare should be obvious).
- Too small a root ball for the diameter of the trunk. Root ball diameter should be 10 to 12 inches for every inch of trunk diameter measured at 6 inches above the soil.
- Broken branches, diseased or discolored leaves or cracked bark.
- Been marked down in price (seems like a bargain). Don't expect it to do well even if it is properly planted and maintained.
Do plant and maintain a tree that:
- Meets the American Standards for Nursery Stock (ANSI) for landscape trees.
- Is the correct species for the selected planting site.