I’m going along with the “dead tree” theme of the week, but doing a little prognosticating at the same time. Bert and Holly showed you tree demise on site; I’m going to show you tree demise in the making. We can call this “dead plant walking.”
I’ve done a few WOW postings in the past, often with a focus at what you might find at a nursery or big box store. Here’s a recent find at an unnamed BBS, in the “topiary” section:
Unless you intend to have a giant stake as part of your topiary statement, this tree (actually a juniper) will morph into a prostrate form before your very eyes. Fortunately, it probably won’t live long once transplanted since it’s so overdue for potting up that the pot has split:
You can just imagine the nest of woody roots fusing into a functionless mass, can’t you?
Run, don’t walk, away from nursery plants like this. You’ll be glad you did.