Buying: trees and shrubs

Buying a new tree or shrub can be very exciting, but also confusing.Whether buying a bare-root, rootballed or containerised plant, it is important to consider factors such as size, root and canopy health, suitability for the garden and retailer guarantees.

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Trees in containers, ready for planting.

Quick facts

Suitable for: all trees and shrubs
Timing: Autumn to late winter for bare-root plants; year-round for containerised trees and shrubs
Difficulty: Easy

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