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Positive tomspeak
(12 reviews)
On Mar 13, 2021, tomspeak Vashon, WA wrote:

I've been ordering for years at Burnt Ridge Nursery, and I've always been satisfied. This year I order several bundles of raspberries which I found to be robust and with extensive root systems. The nursery offers great variety and lower prices than most.

Positive HuckleberryJoe
(2 reviews)
On Jul 27, 2019, HuckleberryJoe Seattle, WA wrote:

I bought several hazelnut trees from Burnt Ridge. Michael was helpful in recommending varieties and planting strategies for my situation. Burnt Ridge shipped on schedule, and the bare root trees seemed to be in good shape. I planted them a day after receiving them in bare ground and then they were covered with snow for a month starting the next day. Now six months later, the trees are doing well.

Burnt Ridge seems to take a while to respond to email messages, but I assume that reflects how busy and popular they are. The web site includes good and detailed information. I've already planned another order for the fall.

Positive dhob98
(1 review)
On May 19, 2019, dhob98 Tacoma, WA wrote:

A beautiful farm! I was lucky enough to get a private tour of the 23 acre farm on a warm Washington day, and was able to see the great conditions of all of the plants & trees. In addition to meeting the lovely farm workers and receiving a warm welcome from the owners, I was able to try their fresh hazelnuts, chestnuts, apples, and even their new wine! Of the wine I highly suggest the kiwi-Asian pear and the blackberry grape. Finally, I bought one of the charming, small monkey puzzle tree starts, and several months later it has grown and kept it's healthy glow. I am very satisfied with my experiences with the Burnt Ridge Nursery and highly recommend their plants, harvests, and wine!

Positive FortBidwell
(3 reviews)
On Jun 30, 2018, FortBidwell Fort Bidwell, CA wrote:

Over the course of several years, I've ordered all my trees and shrubs from Burnt Ridge, with great success -- Siberian peas, dogwood, currant shrubs, gooseberry plants, elderberries, and an apricot tree. I am in far north California, so shipping is quick, which I'm sure helps. Everything has thrived.

Positive shantinik
(1 review)
On Mar 31, 2018, shantinik Olympia, WA wrote:

Everything I've ever ordered from them has been great. Honeyberries, gooseberries, raspberries, weeping mulberry, two fig trees. Usually I order, and they bring them to the Olympia Farmers Market for me.

Recently, I ordered and picked up a Queen Cox apple tree from them (as they told me that, for a beginner, Cox's Orange was not a good choice because of potential disease problems in the Pacific Northwest.) The tree is doing wonderfully!

NIce folks doing good work.

Positive Wyrsch1111
(6 reviews)
On Mar 27, 2018, Wyrsch1111 Aldrich, MO wrote:

I've made two purchases from Burnt Ridge. Both have been very good. The customer service this year was great. I must have made 6 or 7 changes to my order with no problem. All plants look very healthy and were labeled well. The 8 hazelnut cultivars are very nice looking plants - all 30-36" tall. Persimmons, Mulberries, Currants and Siberian Pea Shrub look great. The 'Gerardi Dwarf' mulberry that I lost last year was replaced - no questions asked. Thanks for doing what you do.

Positive ZToolman
(1 review)
On Jul 17, 2017, ZToolman Tiffin, IA wrote:

I ordered three Plum Blossoms, which seem to be somewhat hard to find. I ordered them in late May, which is pushing the end of the smart season to plant. They started sprouting right away. They continue to grow and already looks better than some apple trees from a different, large, mail order company from a couple of years ago.

Positive dysco83
(4 reviews)
On Jun 14, 2017, dysco83 Fernley, NV wrote:

I recently ordered a few chestnut, persimmon, and butternut seedlings from these guys. They called me within hours of my order to tell me they were out of butternut seedlings and one of the chestnuts i ordered. I had them replace the butternuts with black walnuts and my order shipped that same day. Now I thought 22 bucks was outrageous for shipping. But with how cheap the trees were, I decided it kind of balanced out. It turned out the shipping was so expensive because it was next day air. I got my trees early the next day, about 30 hours after i placed my order. Everything was beautiful and healthy. Most of the trees were bare root except one chestnut that was potted and leafed out and looks amazing. It's been about a week since i put everything in the ground and everything except the persimmons are getting ready to leaf out. The persimmons look fine, they are just being lazy. I ordered these very same trees from a few different nurseries this year and these were the only trees where the entire order arrived healthy and in good condition. All the seedlings except the persimmons were at least 4 feet tall and had nice roots. I would order from these guys again, but a bigger order to get a little more bang for that pricey next day air.

Positive cbandpb
(10 reviews)
On Apr 21, 2017, cbandpb Ronda, NC wrote:

Posted on March 12, 2016, updated April 21, 2017
This is my second season ordering from BRN. This yearís order was larger, over 50 plants. The plants arrived in good shape and well packed. Roots were properly covered and moist. Shipping was on time and on the dates requested. All correspondences with BRN (phone and email) were answered promptly and in a friendly manner. I was informed of order changes (due to some weather issues), and substitutions were made seamlessly. The entire process was well managed. Thanks Burnt Ridge.

On April 21st, 2017, cbandpb added the following:

Just another positive rating for Burnt Ridge. I ordered 9 plants, and they were in great shape on arrival. Well packaged, and good sized too. They have always done good by me (over some 4 orders).
Positive PeterM_ABQ
(2 reviews)
On Sep 24, 2016, PeterM_ABQ Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I've ordered a few things from Burnt Ridge, with good survival of shipped plants (mostly trees)--in fact I can't remember any failures. Their prices are good though the plants tend to be correspondingly small--though I've read that smaller trees do better with shipping/transplanting because it is less of a shock to them.

In fact, Montrose Apricot, which was pretty small when shipped, maybe 2 feet tall above the graft, has done very well for me in its second year: it has caught up in size with trees that were initially much larger (also mail ordered).

Positive jjr149
(5 reviews)
On Jul 15, 2016, jjr149 Shiloh, PA wrote:

Burnt Ridge gets very high ratings from me. This was the first time I ordered from them, but it won't be the last time. They communicate well about your order, and answer technical questions, such as pollination inquiries, in a prompt fashion. I decided to add 2 blueberry bushes to my order a couple months after my original order, and they simply just emailed a new invoice with updated fuss.
The plants themselves were in great shape as shipped, and the prices are hard to beat. Very good and diverse selections. I planted a Contender Peach, Mericrest Nectarine, 2 Sleeping Giant Chestnut seedlings, along with the BB bushes, and all are growing well, flush with dark green foliage. The caliper of the Peach and Nectarine are visibly larger than when I planted, and the scaffolds are growing at nice angles and distances from one another. In 2 years I expect they will be providing me delicious fruit from well shaped trees. Thank you Burnt Ridge!

Positive svok13
(1 review)
On Jan 12, 2016, svok13 Issaquah, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I made my first purchase from burnt ridge nursery in spring 2015 a Hana fuyu persimmon. I proceeded to place several more orders that spring. Of the several hundred dollars worth of plants ordered last spring 2 died, the persimmon and a red dragon hazelnut, I believe due to root disturbance. I placed another large order in late December 2015, it has yet to arrive and burnt ridge has honored their guarantee and added both of the plants that did not make it through the winter to the order free of charge and no additional shipping cost. Needless to say I am quite pleased with their costumer service and look forward to continuing to do business with them in the future!

Positive Old_Farmer
(7 reviews)
On Jun 11, 2015, Old_Farmer Napier, WV (Zone 5b) wrote:

Hi, I ordered the Illinois Everbearing Mulberry and for being this late in the season it arrived today in perfect condition. It had broken dormancy in the 9 days it took from west coast to West Virginia and the buds were about a 1/4th inch long looking great. The roots were wrapped in wet news paper that was still wet. I soaked it 3 hours in water with water absorbing crystals and planted it. The buds had opened to about Ĺ inches by this time. Will post the text of this email as a favorable comment on Daves Garden Watchdog. I owned a small nursery for 20 years and this was the best packaged tree I have ever received. Thanks, John.

Positive breakfast
(4 reviews)
On May 13, 2015, breakfast Hardwick, VT wrote:

I ordered from them for the first time this year and I was really impressed. I usually order from Fedco and St. Lawrence every year and since St. Lawrence has closed their doors I need to fill the void. I tried several places this year including oikos(worst of all of them) and one green world(still waiting!) and Burnt Ridge has been a great experience overall. Thanks and looking forward to placing another order in the furure! Plants were well packed, well marked and extremely nice looking.

Positive Chills
(20 reviews)
On Apr 18, 2015, Chills Saint Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

Posted on April 18, 2015, updated April 18, 2015
Posted on December 6, 2005, updated April 18, 2015
I ordered from Burnt Ridge last spring. I was very pleased with the plants as I unpacked the box. Everything was larger than I feared and everything made it through shipping (cross-country) with no serious problems. I was even more pleased at the end of the summer as everything had settled in nicely and was growing well.

I am currently planning out my order for this year, and the only thing which will restrain my order for Burnt Ridge will be the growing lack of planting area I have remaining. I've recommeneded Burnt Ridge to many other gardeners and family members I am coaxing into growing edibles. If you are looking for the unusual or you wish to see what the neighbors aren't growing or you just like edibles gardening, check out their website, you won't regret it.

On June 14th, 2008, Chills added the following:

****************June 2008*******************

Another year of ordering from Burnt Ridge and another year of great plants at some of the best prices anywhere. Everything I ordered has leaved out well and is growing great (well everything except for one flowering currant that I didn't water enough though it will likely still pull through...The drip emitter on that particular plant was clogged and I didn't notice it til just recently...but this is of no fault for Burnt Ridge)

This year my list was again quite extensive, both ornamentals and edibles.

I order each January (right after my birthday) and I also tend to add to each order 2-3 times before it is shipped. Each time I make a change (via email) I recieve a confirmation email that the changes were made within a couple days and thanks from the owners for my continued purchases.

This marks my 5th or 6th year of ordering from Burnt Ridge Nursery and I fear that lack of room will eventually dissuade further orders. I still pass along my catalogs to other interested gardeners and recommend BRN whenever I can.

On April 18th, 2015, Chills added the following:

I have now ordered from Burnt Ridge yearly for nearly a decade. Once again I am quite pleased with both the service I recieve (which generally includes placing an early order and then adding to it once or twice before it is shipped).

My plants were all well packed, moist and clearly alive. On the rare occasions when I have had a problem, Burnt Ridge has been good about replacing the plant, frequently the next year.

I like their selection and while I wish they had variety specific images for each plant I think the website is good as well.

Thank you once again, Burnt Ridge

On April 18th, 2015, Chills added the following:

I have now ordered from Burnt Ridge yearly for nearly a decade. Once again I am quite pleased with both the service I recieve (which generally includes placing an early order and then adding to it once or twice before it is shipped).

My plants were all well packed, moist and clearly alive. On the rare occasions when I have had a problem, Burnt Ridge has been good about replacing the plant, frequently the next year.

I like their selection and while I wish they had variety specific images for each plant I think the website is good as well.

Thank you once again, Burnt Ridge

Positive KJWThack
(7 reviews)
On May 31, 2014, KJWThack East Lansdowne, PA wrote:

I ordered 3 fig trees, one cherry tree and one tea camellia. All came on time and were well packed and in good condition when they arrived. They were of course a little pale because of being in a box for a few days, but after I unpacked them and put them in a spot that gets mostly shade, they greened right up. Today they are ready to be moved into the sun. They are all very healthy, completely out of dormancy, and one of the fig trees even has figs on it - something I didn't expect because I ordered pretty much the smallest tree sizes that they offer.

I am very impressed with the quality of the trees, the price - especially for the size, and the unusual varieties that they offer. I would definitely order from them again - if I had a bigger yard. :)

Positive NAndover31
(3 reviews)
On May 21, 2014, NAndover31 North Andover, MA wrote:

I placed an order with Burnt Ridge nursery for some big berry blueberry bush varieties (Darrow, Aurora and Toro). Most mail order nurseries carried some but not all the varieties that I wanted. Burnt Ridge had a good berry selection so I ordered from them. They shipped cross country from Oregon to Massachusetts in 7 days. I had concerns about the condition and quality of the plants on delivery.. They arrived alive, good sized plants and in good health. I can recommend Burnt Ridge to others and will definitely consider purchasing from them again.

Positive stdno2man
(4 reviews)
On May 3, 2014, stdno2man Stone Mountain, GA wrote:

I placed my first order in Jan 14. It was a large order for 20 fruit trees and some nut bushes. I was very happy with the wide variety of fruit trees I couldn't find anywhere else, with the service and the prices so much that I made a second order or additional nut bushes. The fruit trees are not the largest but I'm satisfied considering I could not find them anywhere else. I am very happy with the order and will continue to do business with them.

Positive webchemist
(8 reviews)
On May 1, 2014, webchemist Vista, CA wrote:

I placed my first order with Burnt Ridge this spring, and so far all of my plants are doing well. Initially one of the salmonberries seemed dead, as the other 2 immediately sprang to life but 2 months later it seems it might finally be emerging from dormancy. I was really happy with the low prices on the several of the items I ordered, and the rest were a good size for the price charged. They turned my order around in under a week, which so far is the fastest shipping I've had from any of the online nurseries I've done business with. My only complaint was the aronias were a little small, they should list them by size and not age - if I had known I might have paid more for a larger bush. I'll definitely be picking up a few more items, although I'll probably have to wait until next winter/spring since its probably a bit too warm to be dealing with bareroot plants.

Positive Kitty_T
(2 reviews)
On Apr 29, 2014, Kitty_T Arvada, CO wrote:

I ordered from Burnt Ridge primarily because they offered some unusual fruit trees at a reasonable price. I'm glad I did. I was very impressed with the trees they sent to me. I have ordered from a number of reputable mail order nurseries, and I've generally been pleased with my experiences, but the quality of the trees sent by Burnt Ridge surpass anything I've gotten elsewhere. The root systems were very developed, with lots of fine roots remaining intact, and the trees themselves were strong and well pruned. Everything was packed well for shipping and the plants arrived hydrated but not moldy and in great condition for planting. I will definitely order from Burnt Ridge again.

Positive gandyman33
(14 reviews)
On Apr 22, 2014, gandyman33 Saint Louis, MO wrote:

This is my first review of the year for 2014 and I am happy to say my experience with Burnt Ridge Nursery has been extremely positive. I ordered a grafted Venus Dogwood tree and a 1 year grafted Pacific Dogwood tree (which was really an afterthought). I ordered the Venus Dogwood tree from another online nursery as well, which I will review independently of this review. The Venus Dogwood was well packaged, healthy root system, about 4.5 ft. tall and had already broken dormancy/starting to leaf out. I have planted the tree and it has made tremendous progress in a short time. I have no worries that this tree is going to thrive and grow into a real beauty! The other dogwood tree is still dormant and I am a little concerned for its fate but it is still too early to contact the nursery for a replacement or a refund. Overall I am pleased with my purchase and highly recommend this online nursery. Thank you Burnt Ridge Nursery!

Positive bettypalya
(3 reviews)
On Dec 3, 2013, bettypalya Wellington, AL wrote:

The blueberry bushes were extremely well packed, shipped very quickly, and best of all, they were very much bigger than I expected and of top quality. I will definitely purchase my plants from them.

Positive VonMalcolm
(3 reviews)
On Aug 22, 2013, VonMalcolm (Zone 5a) wrote:

-Best bang for your buck: In general: comparatively cheaper plants.
-Their bushes/small plants have been generally the best I have bought size wise (but I have gotten a couple of rootless runts along the way).
-18% shipping compares favorably to most places and Burnt Ridge is forgiving with smaller plants.
-Cordial Customer Service.
-Basic, not flashy website: It's not much to look at, but I like that all of the varieties are listed and described on one page: I don't have to click on each plant to get info. The site is updated frequently also.
-Some unusual varieties I haven't seen elsewhere.

-Plant quality is a little hit or miss, especially with the trees: I have gotten a couple of trees that I would call 'Half-Whips': It's going to be a LONG time before I can even hope to get fruit from them: I would guess AT LEAST five years.
-My first shipment arrived beat up from the feet up. Two of the puny trees were snapped in two and the larger trees had multiple branches snapped in half. They all survived: but it makes their path to fruit bearing that much longer.
-Refund/replacement policy is below average: They'll replace some plants, but find excuses not to replace other ones.

-If you want to buy a lot of plants and try to save a few bucks I would recommend Burnt Ridge (including trees if you are willing to be patient); if you have but a few plants to buy and you want to make sure you get a quality product with a solid guarantee I would recommend shopping elsewhere.
-I would use Burnt Ridge more for bushes/small plants than for trees: I have gotten a couple of nice trees, but I have gotten more runts.
-Cheap in a good way and Cheap in a bad way.

Positive joebvet
(4 reviews)
On Jun 10, 2013, joebvet MOUTH OF WILSON, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Was a little hesitant to order from this company due to some of the previous reviews, but placed an order due to the variety of harder to find plants they had. Placed an order for Seaberries, blueberries, hardy kiwi and goji, When I placed initial order in the late fall, they were just getting website updated, and they ended up not having one plant in stock I ordered, but let me know and adjusted order without problem. They were slow to respond when emailed, but very cordial and friendly on the phone when called. I was nervous until plants all arrived, when they said they would, healthy and all were larger than I expected, very healthy and doing well. Shipping costs were reasonable, and all the above arrived in dirt in pots, no bare roots.. I would order from them again.

Positive Zafak
(10 reviews)
On May 22, 2013, Zafak Oakbrook, KY wrote:

Ive ordered from this company three times and was pleased with each order.

For their prices, the plants are good sized and had very nice root systems. Each plant in each order was labeled and securely packaged. Out of a total of 40-50 plants ordered, only one plant had lost a single leaf during shipping

Positive hemagloben
(6 reviews)
On May 19, 2013, hemagloben Estes Park, CO (Zone 4a) wrote:

This was my first order from Burnt Ridge and I was very pleased. To be honest I wasn't expecting too much from their plants due to the low prices listed. I was expecting very small plants, however this was not the case.

I ordered 1 Goumi berry, 4 Gooseberries, 2 apple rootstock, 1 Lingonberry, and one Goji berry.

I will say the two Amish Red Gooseberries were smaller than the other plants I received, but after you consider that these Gooseberries cost only $8.50 each, that seems fair enough. All the other plants arrived healthy and well packaged.

Over all, the plants from Burnt Ridge were just as good to better than the plants that I ordered from Raintree... and for half the price!

So after initially being skeptical of Burnt Ridge's very affordable pricing, I am now a believer, and I will definitely order from Burnt Ridge in the future.

Positive bryana
(72 reviews)
On May 18, 2013, bryana Albany, NY wrote:

Posted on May 19, 2012, updated May 18, 2013
I ordered a great wall asian persimmon tree.
It arrived well packed with the bare roots in a plastic bag with moist newspaper - after a week of ground shipping across the country. The tree has a very well developed thick trunk, was almost 5 ft tall and good root system.
Looking at it I would think it was a Stark bros fruit tree which is high praise from me.

On May 18th, 2013, bryana added the following:

The persimmon tree I ordered survived a winter in upstate NY that had very little snow cover for insulation and long periods of very cold air with icy winds. The tree is growing leaves despite 5 below zero temperatures. The 'Great Wall' is a good choice for zone 5.
Positive lhuffman615
(2 reviews)
On May 10, 2013, lhuffman615 Bethpage, TN wrote:

I ordered some fruit & nut trees from them in the spring of 2013. This is the second time I have ordered from this company. Both times the plants have arrived healthy, and packed very well. They have a nice variety of hard to find plants and I would definitely order from them again.

Positive nobueno
(1 review)
On May 6, 2013, nobueno Boulder, CO wrote:

Most of my burnt ridge stuff was great. Blue Damson plum was almost an inch on the caliper and put out some blooms within a few days of being in the ground. Van cherry, Montrose Apricot and Mulberry were all good. Montmorency was a little small. The Stanley plum I got had been chewed on by deer and has no branches. Showing no signs of growth yet although the others all are. They're sold out of the Stanley now so I'm really hoping it makes it. Also, they had my grape labeled as a blackberry and blackberry as grape.

Communication was outstanding. Allowed me to change my order and were always prompt and polite when answering questions.

Their packaging was impecable. They shipped my stuff on a friday (no idea why they would do that) and it didn't arrive til the following Wednesday but everything was still very moist and all but one were dormant. I would definitely order from them again in the future. Prices can't be beat and I was very happy with what arrived.

Positive inzombia
(1 review)
On Apr 20, 2013, inzombia Lenoir City, TN wrote:

Purchased a fairly large order recently and everything was really great except for a broken Illinois everbearing mulberry tree. I took 4 pictures of the damage. Due to it having only an inch of scion left with no active buds on it after cutting off the broken stem I asked for a refund in which I sent the pictures as well. Within 2 days they refunded the tree, apologized, thanked for the pictures and even gave a few tips and hopeful statements that it may still grow. Thanks Burnt ridge. Will definitely use you again.

Positive mcooperbees
(3 reviews)
On Mar 19, 2013, mcooperbees Starkville, MS wrote:

Ordered red free and jonafree apples on M7 rootstock and a Hana fuyu persimmon. Unfortunately red free was out if stock. The company communicated with me well and I was exceptionally impressed with the size of the apple and persimmon. Bother were 3/4" or better caliper and very healthy. I will see how they perform this season as I just planted them last week. Shipping was prompt.

Positive cornclan
(1 review)
On Dec 14, 2012, cornclan New Miami, OH wrote:

Found these guys on the internet. Ordered 2 years ago and again last winter. Plants always arrive in excellent shape (Dawn Redwoods, weeping mulberry, maple, sourwood, etc.) Potted up some, planted some in the ground immediately... ALL plants did well. I'm convinced, from reading the negative reviews, that some customers are rookie gardeners spewing sour grapes due to their own incompetence. BR's plants will grow if you know what you are doing. cornclan in the Midwest.

Positive 8opetey
(4 reviews)
On Dec 13, 2012, 8opetey Bristol, CT wrote:

Posted on May 2, 2011, updated December 13, 2012
Posted on April 5, 2011, updated May 2, 2011
I just received 4 apple trees and 6 grape vines today. The apple trees are all decent sized and look like the buds will pop open in a couple weeks. I ordered 3 types of grapes... the himrod and canadice grapes had very good rootstocks. The foch grape vines were quite a bit smaller. Everything was well packed and I expect that everything should do well. I don't have a lot of grape experience yet so it will be interesing to see how well the foch grapes do. I was a bit worried about their size so I potted them inside to jumpstart them before they go outside. For the prices, I'm very happy.

On May 2nd, 2011, 8opetey added the following:

All of the plants I received are growing very well. The grape plants I was worried about have taken off and are very leafy. The apple trees all have leaves and look really nice. I would definately order from them again.
On December 13th, 2012, 8opetey added the following:

I totally forgot to tell about this years order. Four more apple trees and two blueberry bushes. We had such a warm spring and my trees/vines from last year were breaking dormancy so I asked to have my order shipped early, if possible. They responded saying they preferred to wait until at least mid to late April for the sake of shipping. Going across the country you never know if its going to end up on a truck or plane in subzero weather. Plants came perfectly intact. Each of them had a fantastic growing season. I even got blossoms in June on the Wealthy apples I got in April. I would have had apples too but we had a terrible heat wave and fruit (both of them) ended up dropping.
The trees I bought in 2011 are HUGE (for 2yr old plants) and I hope to get some buds anytime soon. My grapes from 2011 had fantastic growth and I hope to get some grapes next year. The surprise was my foch grapes. They didn't grow very high but I got 4 very tasty bunches of grapes. I should have a whole bunch more this year.
Unfortunately, I probably wont be ordering any more as my quarter acre is pretty much filled. If I find more space, you know I'll be on their site again!
Positive RobThomas
(20 reviews)
On Nov 30, 2012, RobThomas Readyville, TN wrote:

Posted on November 20, 2012, updated November 30, 2012
I have not yet received my plants, so this review is based solely on customer service. Before placing my order, I spoke with BR a couple of times with general questions. The phone was answered quickly each time. I believe I spoke with Karissa who was extremely friendly and answered my questions. For those questions that she couldn't answer, she promised to get the answer.

I placed my order last week. I received a voice message and an email stating that most of my order could be shipped now, and the remainder in March. I've spoken with BR a couple of times and corresponded through email to get the details straightened out. Again, I spoke with Karissa, and, I think, Carolyn. Both have been extremely friendly and helpful.

Customer service and communication have been excellent. I've spoken with several online nurseries, and BR has been one of the best.

Now, I should receive my first order in the next week or so. So, my review of the plants will be forthcoming. I can only hope that the plants are as half as good as the customer service. I'll post an update in the next week or two.

On November 30th, 2012, RobThomas added the following:

Ok, I received my plants on Wednesday. I had my first good look at them yesterday and today. I'll breakdown the 'good', the 'bad', and the 'ugly'.

The Good: The two blueberry plants are nice. Both had been pulled from their pots and shipped in their own dirt. Nice root systems and good height. The Sugarcane jujube was also good. It was comparable in size to a jujube I received from another nursery last year, but the BR plant had better branching. The Satsuma plum was a decent size, no branching. The Shinko and K. Giant Asian pears were both of good size as were two of the three European pears, some with good branching. All had very good root systems.

The Bad: Two apple trees and the Blake's Pride pear were tiny - all three under 3' tall (as measured from top of the roots to tip). With a caliper smaller than a pencil. I don't mind receiving whips, as I have many times in the past, but these were the smallest I'd ever received from any nursery. They were all potted in small, what I believe to be, 3" pots. I assume the root system is good, but I've not planted these yet.

The Ugly: The third apple tree, Enterprise, is even smaller than the other two. It is less than two feet tall with a caliper about the size of a piece of yarn. I was shocked that anyone would even send such a tiny plant. Maybe it was all they had, but it is unacceptable. A tree this small is just too fragile. Two nips from a mouse could easily cleave it into.

Conclusion: I was really excited about ordering from BR. The customer service really has been great, the prices and shipping are very good. However, the quality of the plants, as far as size is concerned, is pretty random. Had the apple trees and the one pear been of the same quality of the other trees, I would be giving a glowing review. I think I would still order from them, but I would first want to know up front the quality of plant I would be getting. I don't think I'd order apples again. Which is unfortunate as I was going to add more to my March order. As it is, I'm not even sure I'll keep the "Williams Pride" apple that is currently on there. I'm still keeping my review as "positive" due to the good service and prices, and the fact that most of the trees were of good quality. I'll contact them about the apple trees. I would at least like a replacement for the tiny Enterprise. We'll see how it goes.
Positive shalomkjg
(2 reviews)
On Jul 7, 2012, shalomkjg Olympia, WA wrote:

I live near this nursery and buy from them quite often and recommend them to others as well. The plants I purchase on-site or through the mail have been vibrant "happy" plants. I have had no casualities yet and have probably purchased 20 trees/shrubs from them in the past 2 years. I value their knowledge and recommendations as well regarding plant care, etc. They are quite responsive through email and over the phone. They also offer plants at reasonable prices compared to some of the other nurseries online offering edible and northwest native plants.

Positive treecrazy
(1 review)
On Jun 27, 2012, treecrazy Auburn, IN wrote:

ordered 8 trees total. 4 paw paw, 2 quince , 2 jujubee. all arrived in good shape . all are growing. trees are about 2-3 feet at best but the price on the trees were low. receptionist was pleasant on the phone and filled an order in time to plant even though I was late in ordering. I plan on buying here again.

Positive plantlover211
(1 review)
On May 29, 2012, plantlover211 wrote:

I had an excellent experience with Burnt Ridge Nursery this year. My plants arrived healthy and are doing great. They had explained to me that April through May they are extremely busy and to expect shipping to take longer than it normally would. Also that they had some delays due to delays from one of their providers.

I know this company is a small business staff-wise and I feel they do a great job considering the thousands of orders they get throughout the year along with the hundreds of emails they get weekly.

I've been ordering from them for years and am a very happy customer.

My advice for anyone who wants a better chance at receiving their orders promptly: Place your orders in the late fall or winter before the rush.

Positive SoutheastIndy
(16 reviews)
On Mar 30, 2012, SoutheastIndy Indianapolis, IN wrote:

Ordered apple, cherry and peach scion wood. All scion wood was in great shape and well marked. Would buy from again.

Positive mielbee12
(3 reviews)
On Mar 22, 2012, mielbee12 Seattle, WA wrote:

My plants just arrived and they are in great condition. Shipping was very fast! The tea plants are much larger than I was expecting and the wintergreen ground cover has a couple plump berries already. The prices are very reasonable to for the quality that you receive.

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