i just purchased a small tree, and i've about 2 weeks to find a place to put it (so that it can spread its roots before winter). i can't put it in my yard, because we don't plan on being here forever, and the same goes for my families yards. it's a very special tree, and i'd like it to be somewhere i'll always have access to it. in other words, i want it to always be "my" tree, even though i may not live anywhere near it.
Any tree planted right now won't get much roots before winter. Fall is a good time to plant trees becaue they are going dormant.... wiat till the tree drops all of its leaves, then plant it while its dormant. When it wakes up next spring it will just spread out new roots where its at...in its new home.