This is one of the most outstanding commercial citrus nurseries in the country. What makes them so special is they are still run like a family business. They graciously sell directly to a retail customer if you're up in the Bakersfield area. I had the occasion to speak to them about trying to find a Tahitian pummelo, as they are the only commercial growers of this variety in the state of California. The gal I was conversing with via email was so gracious and told me to just stop on by, and they'd be happy to sell me a tree or two. I ended up with 5 extremely lovely and rare citrus to add to my collection, and come to find out, that gracious woman I had been emailing was the president of the company! Where does ANYONE get that kind of customer service anymore? I cannot recommend this company highly enough. Will be back to pick up a Lee x Nova mandarin, another very hard to get and exceptional citrus cultivar. Fabulous company: extremely professional, superlative customer service, and very lovely, well developed trees. The trifecta for a commercial citrus grower.
On Apr 18, 2009, guanabanaboy Oceanside, CA wrote:
Bought a lemon tree from a retail nursery (Clifton's) supplied by Willits and Newcomb. The tree was vigorous and in great condition. I lost the tag, and did not recall if it was a standard or semi-dwarf, or the name of the specific variety (it was not your usual Italian variety and that's all I remembered). I did remember that it was from Willits and Newcomb. I was told that they paint a color coding on the trunks of their citrus trees (rootstock and scion) as identification, so I e-mailed W&N and gave them the colors from the trunk of my tree. My e-mail was answered in 1 day, by the president of the company, informing me of the variety of lemon tree (Santa Teresa Feminello) and root stock (semi-dwarf) that I had. I thought that was excellent personal service for a wholesale company whose main business is supplying many thousands of trees per year to their distributors.