A High-Quality Tree Has:
- An adequate-sized root ball. If possible, check to ensure there are enough sound roots to support healthy growth.
- A trunk free of mechanical wounds and wounds from incorrect pruning.
- A strong form with well-spaced, firmly-attached branches.
A Low-Quality Tree Has:
- Crushed or circling roots in a small root ball or small container.
- A trunk with wounds from mechanical impacts or incorrect pruning.
- A weak form where multiple stems squeeze against each other or where branches squeeze against the trunk.