Here are photos of trees from one nursery I found within a mile of my home that sells inferior trees - every single day. People are paying premium prices at this family operated nursery but are not getting a premium tree.
Always choose your trees with care and from a quality grower! An example of a dealer to avoid: the nursery looks "weedy" both on the lot and inside the pots. There is often a relationship between weedy nurseries and poor plants (see photo). These nurseries never guarantee their plant upon return receipt.
I give you four simple steps to take when purchasing a tree from a nursery to protect yourself from buying an unhealthy tree. Even when offered a bargain price for a tree, it is never worth it if you have to nurse a sick tree.
Local Tree Nursery Photo - Photo by Steve Nix, Licensed to About.com