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How to Select Quality Specimens
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How to Select Quality Specimens

Starting with quality specimens is absolutely vital to the long term success of any tree planting project. A trait which is barely perceptible in a young tree can have a profound influence on the way that tree matures, so it’s absolutely critical to know what to look for – or avoid. Below is the five point quality check we use to vet specimens – we’d encourage you to do the same!

Root System
  1. In proportion to the crown
  2. Free of pernicious weeds
  3. Not pot bound
  4. Not waterlogged
  5. Well rooted
  6. Air-Pot preferred
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Stem
  1. Straight – not bowed from any angle
  2. Free of scarring and splits.
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Crown
  1. Balanced framework of branches
  2. No internally crossing branches
  3. Uniform flush of blossom/foliage
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Foliage
  1. Fully flushed out;
  2. No yellowing or drooping leaves
  3. Free of pest and disease
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Leader
  1. Straight and undamaged
  2. One single dominant stem centered in crown for standard and feathered stem trees.
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