At the place of Uli Ernst I found this Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) and now it is in my garden. The first thing I did was to take it out of the huge container in which it had been since five years. The round drum pot is much closer to a final pot. Now I will leave it alone for a year and style it in 2008 if it looks happy then.
One thing we can learn from this: buy a tree as long as it is in the ground or in a big container. You may find a wonderful hidden nebari and the value rises.