Comments regarding Empress Tree Nurseries (aka Fast Growing Trees, Paulownia Supply & fastgrowingtree.com)
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among others are fraud. They do totally false advertising (they promise a tree 5 feet tall and you get a 2 feet branch etc.). They are the most dishonest company I've ever dealt with; if you have a complaint they just ignore it and continue scamming other unsuspected customers at the same time.
Update: On Dec 20 the merchant has issued a 75% credit in the amount of $2,529.75 as described in their TOS (rating changed from Negative to Neutral). For now we still lost 25% of the paid amount + the shipment cost to return the plants but that's what one can expect when something doesn't go as one could have expected when buying trees online.