Gawd, I hope I'm responding correctly. I know the response police are out in full force. The 9' Taxus I purchased were pre-dug, balled and burlapped for almost 6 months. The balls were carefully moved without cracking or breaking. They were watered regularly, but not too, as Taxus baccata hate being overly wet. They were not freshly balled and burlaped, as that would've signaled the possibility of shock. Hope this helps.