Buy and plant an "Aureum" NOW?
The plan had been to buy and plant an Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' next season but by chance just today I discovered a selection of three 6 gallon "Golden Full Moon" at a nursery which is about an one hour drive away and so I have not seen them. Of course there would be no leaves so it would be difficult to fully judge these specimens. I have asked if they could email me a picture of the three so I could at least see the 'bones' of these trees. The sale price is about $170 + taxes. Importantly there is a 1 year guarantee. What do you think is the likely hood of me having to use that warranty given that it will be late November by the time I can put it in the ground (zone 5b Canada). So what say you i.e. "buy or no buy"? Do you think the 'leafless' pictures be of any value in determining the which of the three is the best?