I just received five 3" pots of M.s. 'Gold Bar' from the Park's Wholesale clearance. They each have good root systems, and 12-18" of foliage which is limp, broken and tattered.
The "horticulturalist" at Parks said to cut the leaves off where they're broken, and new foliage will fill in. I'm wondering if I should just pretend it's spring, and give them a full haircut. Both the P.v. 'Shenandoah' (potted) and M.s. 'Gracillimus' (bareroot) were fully trimmed.
I'm potting them up to 3/4 gallon nursery pots for now, and will plant them out, probably in late summer.