OK, I am often leery of buying plants from catalogs because they are often very small dead twigs, BUT I ordered a couple of elderberry bushes from Gurney's for shipment this spring. The roots were wrapped and there were leaves budding from the nice sized stems. When I went to plant them the more expensive one, which had two stems, was actually two plants intertwined and both had leaves budding. Clearly a win-win for this purchase. I ordered these because of an article on experiences with on-line/catalog purchases which gave glowing reviews so I took a chance.