Another interesting article on the book called “The HomeOwners complete Tree and Shrub Handbook” by “Penelope O’Sullivan”. This article covers
Tree and Shrub Buyer’s Checklist:
Choose trees with the following characteristics:
- Sound and sturdy rather than tall and leggy, which may signal weakness.
- Wraps not hiding the physical condition of the lower stem. (Look beneath trunk or stem wraps that protect trees during transport.)
- Single trunks well-developed and straight, tapering to a slight flare at the base.
- Multi-stemmed plants full and attractive from all angles.
- Evenly spaced limbs along and around the trunk.
- Strong branch unions with trunk. (Limbs that seem squeezed to the trunk because of the nar-row angle they form with it are weakly attached; tight multiple trunks are also weak. Vertical cracks may form below the union of trunk and limb, leading to breaks after storms.)
- Clean, healthy, well-shaped leaves.
- Enlarged buds with substance.
- A big rootball with sufficient roots for healthy development.
- Moist. fibrous (not woody) roots.
If your tree or shrub show any of the following characteristics, reject it:
- Injured iimbs.
- Dead branches or brown, dried-up buds.
- Trunks harmed by mowing or incorrect pruning.
- Bark splits.
- Spindly appearance.
- Insect infestation on leaves, bark, or soil. (Look for evidence like cocoons and galls.)
- Wilting leaves and stems.
- Curled leaves, discolored margins, or foliage marked black, brown, or yellow.
- Two leaders.
- Weak, narrow branch crotches. (Often branches formed at a narrow angle to the trunk develop included bark at the top of the crotch. Included bark grows down into the crotch, detaching part of the limb from the tree and making it suscep-tible to weather damage.)
- Dry or damaged rootballs.
- Potbound, with circling or girdled roots.