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Neutral mylittletrees
(20 reviews)
On Apr 6, 2020, mylittletrees Corning, OH wrote:

Posted on November 2, 2018, updated April 6, 2020
Posted on May 2, 2015, updated November 2, 2018
Last spring I ordered 2 different types of juglans regia seedlings. Both were supposedly very hardy strains. They arrived in perfect condition. Well they leafed out and grew very well for awhile probably doubling their size. The first one died sometime in summer; it just randomly wilted. The second tree remained, but has failed to leaf out. Apparently it wasn't hardy enough to withstand a southeastern Ohio winter. Not too pleased.

On November 2nd, 2018, mylittletrees changed the rating from negative to positive and added the following:

Recent rootstock orders have been good. We have good success with that. I have a linden tree, a dogwood and some nut trees doing okay. Not having luck with their pine nut trees. I will likely order again, and 2 other guys that I know have also ordered from Burnt Ridge.
On April 6th, 2020, mylittletrees changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

I feel compelled to change my rating to neutral. Gave it some thought and considered how many successes and failures I've had from Burnt Ridge. Over the years, yellowhorn, aspen, vine maple, korean pine, english walnut, kousa dogwood all struggled to grow and ended up dead. Akane apple on M111 been in the ground years and barely 2 feet tall. They are skimpy on scion wood too; sending skinny little twigs for people to try to cut and graft. The only living plants that are finally growing decently are 1 heartnut, 1 english walnut, 1 linden and some apple rootstocks that we grafted ourselves. The heartnut and walnut have been very slow to establish and some of the rootstocks seem weak/slow. Not the strongest and sturdiest of plants that's for sure. They don't thrive.
Neutral DavidPutty
(4 reviews)
On Apr 26, 2017, DavidPutty Arlington, VA wrote:

Posted on June 24, 2016, updated April 26, 2017
I ordered two Asian pear trees from this place recently and had a great experience. From ordering to arrival took about a week despite being on the other side of the country. The two trees were remarkably cheap ($20/25)for the size they came in (~5') and have started growing very well so far. Their ordering system is modern as well and keeps you informed of the process as each step along the way and provide you with a tracking number for your parcel.

I will do business with them again without hesitation.

On April 26th, 2017, DavidPutty changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:

4/2017 Update.

While the two plants started out well they have not been doing so well since. One died within three months to what appears to have been fire-blight and the other was affected too (lost all limbs). I am surprised that this occurred, since the varieties I order are supposedly the most resistant to fire-blight. I do not know if it is fair to put this on the nursery but one would think trees would have done better given their supposedly innate resistance.
Neutral jkleffner1
(1 review)
On Jun 14, 2015, jkleffner1 Walla Walla, WA wrote:

I ordered a bunch of stuff from this Nursery in the spring of 2014. I had to call and ask them to ship sooner rather than later, as we are zone 7 here, and I didn't want to get the plants in after it had warmed up too much. They sounded a little stunned at that. Two of the plants were pecans. I noticed when I received them that the roots were almost non-existent. Neither one ever leafed out, though all other plants I ordered did just fine. I contacted them, and they agreed to replace them the following spring for just shipping. So in spring 2015, I again received two pecan trees. One had well established roots and is leafed out and doing well. The second, again, had almost no roots. It did leaf out, barely, but has now dried up and died. I won't be ordering again. If you don't have the product established, don't offer it for sale. It just frustrates everyone involved. Unfortunately, I need a second pecan for pollination, so I will be looking elsewhere.

Neutral GreatBasinMom
(1 review)
On Apr 2, 2015, GreatBasinMom Irrigon, OR wrote:

It is too early to tell yet. I ordered four three year old hazelnut bushes (Corylus americana) that were on sale for the price of two year olds. After my order was processed, they did send an e-mail they were out of stock and I would be receiving two year olds instead. The order shipped on time and arrived on time. I live just outside of Hermiston Oregon so Onalska Washington isn't too far for plants to travel. They arrived much smaller than I expected. They are about one foot tall sticks with roots. They feel dry and the bare roots have no trace that they have ever lived in soil or water before. The buds are small,dry and brown. I wasted no time in getting them in the ground and watered daily. They have been in the ground for a week now and I just don't know yet if they will survive or not. I will review again in 30 days and let you know what happens.

Neutral nomadcat
(1 review)
On May 28, 2014, nomadcat Marshall, NC wrote:

I have used this company for years, but always with the understanding that this company has very hit or miss quality. I used to be very excited by the selection of hickories, oaks and other trees, and over the years have ordered a number of them. very few have ever survived, and the quality of most of them when they arrived was fairly poor. several times when the trees arrived, they were obviously sick and on the way to dying anyway. when i have called, i have never been able to get a refund. The last tree i ordered from them was a jujube that was obviously grafted upside down. The advantages of this company for certain things keeps me ordering, but i have chosen to stick more and more to things like bushes, unusual things i can't get anywhere else, and things like that. so-poor quality generally for trees, very hit or miss, sometimes more miss than hit-but good quality generally for other things. I have mail ordered many plants over the years and expect a certain amount of stress and occasional die off, but this company does have a higher percentage than usual for their mail order plants.

Neutral jf82
(3 reviews)
On Jan 27, 2014, jf82 Boise, ID wrote:

I've had mixed experience with this company. Some of the plants i ordered survived and are doing well while quite a few did not survive the first season. That's quite a bit worse than my average experience of buying plants online. Overall, I will try to stay away from this nursery unless they have something nobody else has. Then I may give them another chance.

Neutral MulchingMan
(6 reviews)
On Sep 27, 2012, MulchingMan Eugene, OR wrote:

I ordered a half dozen Oregon grapes from this company back in April, as their price on three-year transplants was very good. Their confirmation e-mail stated that the shrubs would ship at some ambiguous date in "May." Lame.

I received the shrubs about 2-3 weeks after placing my order. They were shipped bare-root, wrapped in wet newspaper, in a box that was structurally-sound. The quality of the Oregon grapes was variable: two appeared to be in great shape, three looked OK, and one of them was basically a stick with two leaves. Two of them also had a serious case of "hockey stick roots," and one of these did not do well after planting. The others, however, have exhibited new growth this spring/summer and appear to be doing fine.

Overall, I would do business with Burnt Ridge again under the right circumstances (such as a high-volume order of inexpensive young shrubs). Otherwise, they would probably not be my first choice. Ultimately, you do get what you pay for.

Neutral eclectuswife
(2 reviews)
On Apr 13, 2011, eclectuswife Benson, AZ wrote:

Overall, my experience with Burnt Ridge was positive except for the condition of two plants, a Chinese Hawthorn and a 'large' Pixwell Gooseberry. Both were large plants with very few roots, and either arrived dead or died soon after planting, despite being soaked in water for 24 hours like the rest of the shipment. I did not contact the company about replacements, but instead simply ordered another hawthorn and gooseberry from One Green World as I knew I'd get high quality plants from them.

However, my three Aronia seedlings and three Serviceberry seedlings were well rooted (exceptionally so for two of the Aronias), and my Captivator gooseberry was also very well rooted and has been vigorous. My Invicta gooseberry has great roots but few branches, however it has leafed out and I expect it will grow considerably this season. I am still waiting for my 5 Magnolia vines to show any sign of growth, but I think it's still early for them...I hope. My Jumbo hardy kiwi is growing vigorously and the Sweet Scarlet goumi already has fruit forming since it leafed out after planting.

So I'm hoping there is life in the Magnolia Berry vines, but so far nothing. I would order from Burnt Ridge again, as they were very reasonable with their prices, but I'd probably limit myself to small orders next time to make sure what I wanted was stock that was well rooted.

Neutral livefreeordie
(4 reviews)
On Jun 8, 2009, livefreeordie Yeagertown, PA wrote:

Placed an order 2 months before planting season, in an attempt to find some different offerings. A week or two after placing order, I was informed 1 of my selections was not available, and to pick another, which I did the same day. Being out of stock so early concerned me only for a second, because the communication was decent. About 5 weeks later, I got notice that my order had shipped, about 3 weeks later than when they were supposed to be planted. The plants took an 8 day trip and arrived in a pathetic state. Poor packaging, and length of trip left me with piles of mush, so far, only 3 plants look to have survived the ordeal. I wrote a letter explaining how outraged I was with the experience, and as expectd, never got any further communication, I will NEVER order from them again.

On June 15th, 2009, livefreeordie changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:

I felt compelled to change my rating to neutral after discovering life from the plants I gave no hope of surviving. This weekend I notced that all but 4 of the plants have life begining to show. SO although I still think the shipping method is a concern, the plants seem like they are going to survive at an acceptable rate, and I just may have to reconsider giving them another chance if I see a vairety that I want.
Neutral TallTimberTN
(2 reviews)
On Apr 14, 2006, TallTimberTN Nashville, TN wrote:

I got what I ordered. Impressive web site, good staff.

Neutral mauryhillfarm
(4 reviews)
On Feb 19, 2006, mauryhillfarm Vashon, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

2 years ago I went to Burnt Ridge Nursery in person to purchase bare root plants. Their prices are very reasonable. The blueberry bushes, the fig tree and the cherry tree looked good and are growing well.The apple trees were single trunks, no side branching (possibly younger and therefore cheaper?) but the price was good and they had the varieties I wanted. My complaint is with the raspberry bushes. I bought 5 each of 2 varieties. Of the 10 plants, 4 did not grow (DOA) and one turned out to be a cottonwood tree. The other 5 grew very well and have been since supplying me with tons of berries. I also purchased raspberries from another nursery that year and all grew exceptionally well, so the problem was definitely not my care of the plants. When I looked at the invoice to try to do something about it, I could only find one raspberry selection on the list, so I guess they made an error and undercharged me. It was equal to the value of the plants that were non living at the time of purchase, so I decided to let it go. However, I had 5 empty spots in my raspberry row that first year and by then it was too late to get more bare roots. I would buy from them again since their prices are good and their shipping is also reasonable. They do have a great selection and an informative catalog.

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