I have purchased two different JM from them. One was a Manyo No Sato. I shipped quickly and arrived safely. I understood that it was a "1 year" graft.... and it is 6" tall with 7 leaves. Tree seemed healthy enough - so I will watch it grow.
Then to my second purchase.....Amagi Shigure - 2 year graft. If you know anything about this one it is said to have better coloring than the Purple Ghost - which I don't have - so I had to get this one. It was a little taller - about 16" (2 year??) so they stuck two boxes together. They had separated but fortunately not enough that the tree was damaged - here is my problem .... its green. I don't mean a shade of green - slightly green - not even remotely purple - its green - and they advertised it as "holding its color all summer". I emailed them several times through Amazon and they did respond each time saying it was correct and that the color would come later. It has leafed out and the new leaves are a bright pink then have faded to green.
I am hoping that next year all will be well - they did answer my complaint - but didn't respond to "I want a refund".
I am ok with the trees - and they will grow eventually making beautiful adults. I have been "spoiled" by a seller on EBay that I have purchased around 10 JM from and each have been healthy and nice size for a 1 year graft.
Will I purchase from them again?? Very possibly and reason being is I live in an apartment so I have very little room for larger trees and my deck (I live on the second floor) looks like a crowded jungle - so I want them small (taller than 6" would be better) - and for the price and my tight budget - if my EBay seller doesn't have the variety I want I would consider buying again - but nothing more than a 1 year graft
Posted on September 13, 2014, updated September 13, 2014
Fool me once, shame on me! Don\'t be fooled, this company deserves every negative comment it\'s received! I got a very little runt Japanese maple that was shipped in a flat (2 and 3/4 inch deep) Priority mail carton. It is alive but will take many years to reach any measurable size at all, and was a very poor value for the money spent. I am experienced with Japanese maples and this was definitely not a case of unrealistic expectations.
On September 13th, 2014, directorrod changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I want to modify my initial reaction that was very negative. On further reflection, I probably went way over the top. I'd rate this transaction as neutral and my level of satisfaction as fair.
On Jul 14, 2012, cbellwood Central City, KY wrote:
Posted on July 14, 2012, updated July 14, 2012
I found out that this company was Oregon Grown Nursery from Ebay stores, by the plant tags that I received on the Japanese Maples that I ordered from them. Some missing tags, stuck inside 3 priority mail boxes stuck together taped in the box with no other packing and boxes smashed in. I ordered several that looked OK. Small and damaged leaves with so- so grafting. The last order had 2 and 3 year old trees. The 2 year old arrived with the leaves totally crispy and the soil so dry it slipped out of the pot, hard as a rock. They could have least watered these before they shipped them in the scorching high 90's and 100 degree temps. across the country. I emailed the company and sent photos. I am waiting on a response to my request to replace that tree. It looked the same size in diameter to the one year old trees earlier and one in this order that I purchased from them. I wasn't totally happy with all the trees that I ordered since I've ordered from Maplestone and Acer on Ebay and felt cheated after receiving their trees in the same weeks ordered from this nursery. Their trees arrived very well packed, undamaged and all leaves alive and thriving. This nursery is hit and miss. I'd say a 50/50 chance of getting a nice looking tree that is healthy looking. I still am leary about placing another order with them since this one came fried and unwatered, with a few others without tags or not looking real good. Not the worst, but certainly not a very good impression that they made on me at all.
On July 14th, 2012, cbellwood added the following:
I made a mistake on the ages of these trees. They were 3 and 4 year old trees and one was 1 year old. Now I'm really disappointed with this order. Still waiting on reply. If nothing by the end of day on Monday, I'll contact paypal.