Potted versus Bare Root
I noticed an old thread comparing two nurseries had been brought back up but a discussion about potted versus bare root fruit trees had spun away from the original subject. Thought this might be a good topic title for ordering time. Here's my quick assessment.
Obviously, bare roots need to be planted when dormant- that is their main disadvantage over potted material. Generally they establish better than potted trees unless the potted trees are planted when dormant and you can pull curling roots straight and spread into native soil.
If a potted tree has spent little time in any given pot and moved to larger containers before roots circle around in the pot it can be planted any time and will probably do great, but this is not the real world in the nursery business. Voles do like to make a home out of potting mix as it is easy digging and tends to stay drier than surrounding soil.
Shipping bare root material is ecologically superior because of the reduced weight and energy consumption and carbon emissions of transport, and value is generally much better with bare root trees.
The discussion gets more complicated when you talk about baring age fruit trees but most in this forum order whips or feathered one year trees anyway.