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