I am the owner of caney creek outfitters in kansas managing 30,000 acres for whitetail hunting in southeast kansas. Good experiences in the past with charlie morse and his trees. My recent purchase of 50 trees did not end well. I am disappointed the trees were not boxed as he said with 5 trees per box. After waiting 4 days the trees arrived today in in a total wreck at the bottom of one giant box. You heard correctly... not packaged as promised which I am sure would have prevented damage.. but a wreck! Yes Charlie offered to have me rebox and ship the plants back.. I am choosing to salvage and plant what I have.. Time and my crew at hand dictate that is the best choice for me. Read and listen close.... You will be told frequently by Charlie thatt I am 65 and so I cant go as fast or do as much or remember as clearly. That is fine, but you can still do what you say you will at 65. When that is no longer possible you need to hire some help.
I ordered 20 trees from Morse this spring, 6 of them are Persimmon Trees. 3 grafted female Morse and 3 grafted female Meader Persimmon trees. Since I had no 1st hand knowledge of Persimmon trees, I knew it would be in my best interest to order others from a different nursery. The 4 Persimmons that I ordered from Stark Bro's Nurseries are 2 Prok and 2 Yates. All of them are American Persimmon trees and all are reported to be cold hardy as I live in growing zone 5. While the Prok and Yates came in hard containers that I had to score the roots and where still in bud when they arrived in May, the Meader and Morse were leafed out already and in Roottrapper fabric containers. The trees from Stark Bro's are doing excellent and have DOUBLED in size this summer. The trees from Morse Nursery were basically bare root stuck in some dirt because once I cut the sides of the Roottrapper container the dirt just fell out and away from the roots. The best the Morse trees looked is when they arrived and they went down hill from there. When I sent Charlie Morse an email with a video of my set up showing what great care I take and inquired about the replacement policy, that's when I really started to get a good feel for what Morse nursery is all about.
Here is some of what Charlie Morse wrote me:
"I appreciate your enthusiasm but our warranty is as stated and no further extensions are permitted. You mentioned God in your last email so I'm assuming your a Christian as I am. God has more to do with plants living and thriving than any nursery. Nurseries don't manufacture in specifications, "that's Gods work."
I have 14 more trees that will be evaluated, most of them are his Hybrid Oaks. I will keep our dialog species specific so I will include our other email discussions with the Oak tree assessment.
If a picture is worth a million words this video that I prepared should help you form a better opinion.
I have ordered trees from at least 5 dozen nurseries in the last 5 years just looking for healthy stock regardless of the size,I sample several each year and have panted over 4,000 seedlings by hand. I just wanted healthy and able to make a transplant to new ground. The customer service was in question because I paid for my orders months ago and never heard anything until the day my order shipped. Charlie called to let me know the status of my order, what they had available due to a really crappy spring, and my alternatives or a refund. I opted for an alternative ( 1 out of 6 varieties I ordered ) . I was surprised my order arrived overnight delivery and it is bar far the best looking stock I have ever received from a nursery and packaged like someone had sent me flowers from across the country. Maybe I received the home state treatment , I'm not sure? I will be ordering everything I need if they have it on the menu from here on out. My only regret is I didn't find them years sooner.
Seriously, I can't express in words how pleased I was with this order. 48 fruit trees, 6 varieties and not a single tree that looked sickly. I actually had to prune the majority of them prior to replanting.. and the Jiffy plugs made planting a breeze instead of digging a monster hole to accommodate spreading bare roots.
Every tree was at least 18" tall and as green as could be, We are extremely happy with our purchase from Morse Nursery. I have already had family members ask where they can get some more of "those trees"
Plants were small to start with but grew like crazy when I planted them. The nursery explained to me the plants were small because they air root pruned the seedlings to develop more roots and this will help my plants grow better. They made a believer out of me. I planted all of them in 60" tree tubes and all ten trees grew out of the top of my tubes this year. I will be purchasing more trees from this nursery in the future.
Ordered 10 Hybrid Oaks, 10 Honeysuckle shrubs, 20 Fertilizer packs, and 10 tree shelters. Plants where not packaged well: to the point that I almost didn't plant them. Never received any tree shelters, was shorted 7 fertilizer packs and never received a receipt. They have yet to return any of my e-mails or phone calls to determine exactly what I paid for.On August 28th, 2007, PJE changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:
After speaking with Tyler and finding out that they had problems with their internet and telephone service all has been resolved. My shelters have been received and plan to put in another order very soon. As for the packaging I have to assume that package was not handled well through the course of delivery. The box must have been shipped upside down. The plants seem to have made the trip all things considered and I look forward to watching them develop!