We ship dormant, bare root trees. They will arrive with no leaves, foliage or blooms as they are in the winter months. This is the safest time to ship and plant. All trees are dug fresh and immediately shipped. They are not dead, they are dormant when they arrive. The following spring, they will green out and bloom like all other trees do. We keep our prices low by shipping bare root. They come with no containers or soil. The roots are wrapped in plastic and surrounded with terasorb gel to keep moisture levels sufficient for shipping to all states.