This tree arrived today to me via mail: (Click on the pictures for larger view.)
It is wrapped in several layers of plastic.
I plan to plant it in couple of days.
I will remove the plastic packaging around the root ball of course, but should I perhaps leave the packaging plastic around tree's trunk, just until spring? Is plastic an appropriate material that will help the tree overwinter?
The species is Pinus pinea, also known as the stone pine, umbrella pine and parasol pine. It's actually a Mediterranean plant, and I am concerned about the possible negative impact of a harsh first winter to this beautiful plant.
I live in European zone 8, where the lower range is approximately −12.2 °C (10 °F).
The weather forecast for the whole winter this year is mild, but you never know.