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|On Apr 5, 2018, Mid12nt Stone Mountain, GA wrote:
I recently purchased two azalea bushes, when they arrived I was shocked at how small they were, and one was in such poor condition it didn't survive. I am very disappointed, because 6for a few dollars more I was able to purchase much larger and healthier plants from Home Depot. I'll never purchase shrubs from National Arbor Day again. However, I will buy trees as they are of a nice enough size and have enough roots that with some TLC they do fine and thrive.
|On Feb 8, 2017, blueinmo Saint Charles, MO wrote:
As with most people's reviews, I got 10 sticks in the dead of winter, so I don't really expect them to survive. However, I did some research online and both charitywatch and the better business bureau's give.org give the arbor day foundation positive ratings for being legit. It's unfortunate that they don't do a better job, because I'd love to order more of the trees that they offer, but after my experience, I will never order again for them, nor will I become a member.
|On May 28, 2016, flowermaiden2 Saint Maries, ID wrote:
I joined this cause a few years back, and haven't renewed for the following reasons:
|On May 25, 2016, Garush Flanders, NJ wrote:
Been a member since 1998. Believe in their tree planting cause. Most of what we ordered from them has not overwintered. Recommended they send items during dormancy in spring. Also do not send when ground is frozen. Not one request was tailored. We know how to plant, and plant same day (except when the ground was frozen). As my PhD ag bro said, it is the stock.
|On Sep 14, 2015, yardener Greenfield, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on January 16, 2009, updated September 14, 2015
On September 14th, 2015, yardener changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
6 years later and I sill have 1 hawthorn and 1 crabapple from my original order. I have to be fair and admit that 2 each made it to over 10 feet in height but I had to cut the others down.
I'm upgrading to neutral simply because the trees can live with the proper care, but I'm guessing MOST people don't want to start out with 6" sticks.
|On Mar 2, 2013, dp4A0401 Xenia, OH wrote:
I have ordered several trees from the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF). When I received them, the roots were well wrapped in shredded paper, moist, and covered tightly with a plastic bag. The one negative is that the trees they send are very young (READ their description carefully!), so the yield is low (~50%). However, they never gave me any hassles about sending replacements. Why am I neutral? Because my county sells similar nursery stock (saplings) every Spring as a fund raiser for conservation efforts. They are grown at a local nursery, arrive for pick-up on fixed dates (no mailing), and are lower cost. Consequently, the yield from the county trees is ~90%, although there are no replacements. You need to understand what ADF provides, look for local alternatives, and make a decision whether what ADF provides is really what you want.
|On Nov 28, 2012, Toots1960 West Hamlin, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
I sent them my $10 and am still waiting on my trees. They told me it would be between Nov. 3rd and Dec. 11th. I had to complain to get my tree book and subscription. They are already wanting $10 more. If and when I get my trees I think I will do like the one person and put them in gallon buckets to see if they are gonna make it first before I take the time and energy to dig the holes. Yes they do pass BBB's standards for charity but they could at least send better plants. I didn't see any complaints on the BBB's website against the Arbor Day Foundation. Sounds to me like whoever ships the orders just grabs whatever is within reaching and sends them.
|On Jun 11, 2012, PamelaBaja Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Baja,
Mexico (Zone 8b) wrote:
Posted on May 14, 2012, updated June 11, 2012
On June 11th, 2012, PamelaBaja changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
I was contacted and a refund was issued for the plants that never came to life.
|On Dec 25, 2011, aimeemendel Marietta, GA wrote:
Last spring I sent the foundation $10.00. I was told that I would receive ten free trees in the fall. I emailed them last month and they said that I should receive the trees by December 10. It is Christmas and I still have not received my trees. I emailed them again yesterday and am waiting to hear back.
|On Mar 22, 2011, brigidlily Lumberton, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Philosophically, I am 100% in favor of this organization. I have gotten a couple of pear trees from them that are doing well. But when I ordered those pear trees, I also ordered a weeping willow. They did send me a willow, but not a weeping one. When I emailed them about it 4 years later, having tried to give it time to develop, they responded that weeping willows do not have a weeping habit. HUH?????
|On Sep 11, 2010, Toni05 Brookfield, IL wrote:
Never send a donation, unless you plan on joining.
|On Aug 12, 2010, pookerella Bellmore, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on June 12, 2006, updated August 12, 2010
On August 27th, 2006, pookerella added the following:
To answer the post from miulloj, I don't mind the "free trees" being not much to write home about, but how about the ones you pay for? 50% of them did nothing, plus the ones I paid for....I didn't even get the right things! I now have 2 purple leafed plum trees growing where there should be 2 SHRUBS and I am not too happy about it!
On August 12th, 2010, pookerella added the following:
Update: My "almond" tree is actually a peach tree. I got a ton of peaches, although I have no interest in having a peach tree. I wanted an almond tree.
|On Apr 27, 2009, OneAkela Chesterfield, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I was a member for one year, drawn in by the 10 free trees offer. Along with the free offer, I also placed an order. Two of my order trees died. At least two of the free trees died. Some of the others are not growing fast. I am giving a Neutral rating as what they sent me was a mixed bag. Some grew and some didn't. Also, curious note: what they said was a flowering dogwood, seems to be an oak tree.... huh?
|On Jan 13, 2009, gsteinbe Trenton, NJ wrote:
As some others have noted, the National Arbor Foundation is a good cause but not always a good supplier of trees and bushes. I've gotten several free deals from them, and usually only one or two out of 8 or 10 plants survives -- but since they're free, who could complain? I joined their Hazelnut Project with great anticipation. I'd like to raise more of my family's food in our own yard, and hazelnuts sounded like a good idea. The first year, the hazelnuts arrived and showed no signs of life -- in the package or in the ground. When I received my survey a year later to ask how the hazelnuts did, I said that they never showed any signs of life. I received a nice letter asking if I would be willing to continue in the program and get more free hazelnuts. I said yes. The next shipment of hazelnuts looked much, much better. They had signs of life. I planted them with much anticipation and excitement. They promptly died. So, I've declined further requests to continue in the Hazelnut Project. Instead, I bought some hazelnuts from Oikos Tree Crops and planted them in exactly the same spot as the second year's National Arbor Day Foundation hazelnuts. The Oikos hazelnuts did just fine all summer and fall.
|On May 20, 2007, ladypcer Litchfield, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered a Koosa Dogwood, Lilacs, and a Sugar Maple, along with the 10 free trees, last fall. They sent a free Red Maple.
|On May 20, 2007, scully931 Pittsburgh, PA wrote:
On one hand, I feel I should not complain about anything given as 'free.' But, on the other hand, the company's goal is to get more trees planted... I'm assuming they mean LIVE ones. I laughed when I read that people found all ten trees in their mailbox, but I thought they might be exaggerating just a little. They weren't. All ten of mine fit easily into one medium size pot. That was about two months ago. Today I noticed that one of them has one leaf sprouting. The rest look exactly the same as they did two months ago. Yeah... I'm betting they aren't going to be providing much shade this year. ;-)
|On May 19, 2007, SteveIndy Greenwood, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:
I guess I have mixed feelings about this company. Not sure where the .org comes in, as they certainly have the facilities/amenities and corresponding business ventures of any corporation. I was a member for two years (didn't renew this year), being annoyed by the constant ploys to get my money and the incessant mailings asking for it. Looking at their site and what these dues are "paying for" is kind of insulting.
|On May 19, 2007, jennabgood Irving, IL wrote:
I also received the 10 sticks and one extra stick that was to be a lilac bush. There were maybe 3 of the sticks that were quite large and had a good root system, but all the others were very puny and looked like nothing more than twigs!
|On May 17, 2007, shubuty Morgantown, WV wrote:
I've planted several of the "ten free trees" over the past few years. They are all started in the nursery area (fenced in vegetable garden) and grow there for a couple years to get some size. While many of them die/never grow at all/dead upon arrival, the ones that do survive and get transplanted are healthy and nice.
|On Mar 30, 2007, zeoplum Mobile, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:
After making and order yesterday, I came by this website to see if anyone else had left comments. Was shocked to find a rating of 58%. After a couple of hours, I just didn't have any peace about the order so I called them up to see if it was too late to cancel. It wasn't....so I did. I am leaving a comment here to say that I was impressed with how they handled my cancellation request. They were prompt and pleasant and didn't question me about my decision.
|On May 13, 2006, jvmay Greenbrier, AR wrote:
I had joined around a little over a year ago. I chose the "blossoming trees" consisting of the Hawthorne, Crabapple, Dogwood, Red bud, and Goldenraintrees. What you get is very thin seedlings that couldn't be more than a few months old. (look like 6-8" sticks). Following that you will get a ton of junk mail to purchase even more stuff. Six out of ten of my trees have survived, and now approximately 15 months later I have trees that are from 9" to almost 3' foot high. ( I have good soil, and I mulch, and water) I don't really see the situation as a loss because I do get satisfaction from how well the few trees that I have are doing. Just be aware that you get what you pay for, and this is a company like any other, that has to turn a profit to survive.
|On Jan 30, 2005, autremike Ludlow, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have had mixed experiences with the National Arbor Day Foundation through the years. After seven or so years of donating and getting free trees, I have some nice trees to show for it, which represent but a small fraction of those originally recieved.
|On Apr 4, 2004, PamelaZ wrote:
I just recieved my nursery order from NADF on Friday and was greatly disappointed. I knew the trees would be small but the packaging was terrible. The trees were in a box twice as tall as they were which left a lot of room for movement. They were all bundled together and the bundle was not taped or otherwise secured inside the box. I can't put the blame on UPS because the box was flimsy and there was no information on the box telling UPS to keep the box upright or that there were live trees inside. Consequently, half the trees had broken leaders. When I called to report the situation customer service offered to replace the broken trees, but I explanined that I didn't want to do business with a company that packs live trees in such a shoddy manner. The representative offered to reimburse my credit card and I accepted. This is the only reason I'm giving them a neutral as opposed to a negative.
|On Jan 20, 2004, catnroses Cameron, MO wrote:
I was disgusted with the little twelve inch and less twigs that were sent. I haven't checked them this winter, but if they survived the winter I will be very surprised. I was surprised enough that an organization that I had admired was stupid enough to create bad will with little twigs that I looked up their record on use of the contributions. I was surprised. It appears that they spend a substantial majority of their contributions on their programs.
|On Jul 30, 2003, vannmarie Yellow Springs, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
I wanted to post a positive for Arbor Day since I plan to order some trees again from them in the fall. I ordered a large number of trees last fall and about one-third died. We had a terribly cold winter here in the Mid-Atlantic and I was not able to get the trees in the ground immediately so Arbor Day is not entirely to blame. I made a list of the trees that died and e-mailed their customer service. I requested some substitutes for some types because I wanted to try different trees that were more tolerant of the cold. They have honored all my requests and I received a mailed confirmation thanking me for my order, with trees to be shipped this fall. I think their trees are well-priced, although I agree some were smaller than advertised. As a side note, all the fruit trees I ordered from them are doing well. I will re-visit if I later have a negative experience, but so far I am satisfied.
On November 25th, 2003, vannmarie changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
I received my replacement trees and I have to say that several were again smaller than advertised. I have also found some sources with better prices and bigger trees, even at the Arbor Day membership price. For this reason, although I did not have a bad experience, it is doubtful I would order again.
|On May 3, 2003, Intriguing1 Tulsa, OK (Zone 6b) wrote:
I recently became a member of the National Arbor Day Foundation, and with my membership, was entitled to receive 10 free flowering ornamental trees, and a free lilac. I wasn't going to keep any of the free trees, but was planning to give them to a friend who is a new homeowner and has no trees at all.
On June 14th, 2003, Intriguing1 changed the rating from negative to neutral and added the following:
To the National Arbor Day Foundation's credit, all of the trees I planted, and all of the trees I gave to my friend are growing well and seem to be quite healthy (so far). The true test will be to see if they all survive a Michigan winter.
|On Mar 4, 2002, DrMikeG Indianola, IA wrote:
I bought about a dozen blue spruce seedlings from Arbor Day. Due to no fault of theirs (I killed them prior to planting) they died. I emailed me and they told me where I went wrong and mailed out new seedlings at no cost to me. The fruit trees I ordered arrived in good condition. However, since they were a fall planting, I cannot attest to their growing vigor.
On June 8th, 2002, DrMikeG changed the rating from positive to neutral and added the following:
Only 1/2 of the trees I ordered have survived to any degree (some have 1 or 2 leaves on them at the bottom). I didn't pay a lot for the trees, but I did invest a lot of time (digging, mulching, etc). Next time I'll go to a local nursery and spend a few extra dollars.
|On Nov 29, 2001, mikepiper Circleville, OH (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have ordered in the past, never had much luck with the pines but plan on getting some of the shade trees this year.
|On Oct 1, 1998, KellyCarolyn wrote:
My husband made me a member as a gift, because he really thought they were going to send me 10 flowering trees. But they won't grow in zone 4,so I got 12 (accidentally, I guess) spruce trees. I can't stand spruce trees. Only 10 are still alive, but that's my fault. We'll see if they make it through the winter. Their newsletter is tedious & repetitive. How much can you say about trees?
|On Feb 1, 1998, davidmiller wrote:
I bit on NADF's ad for the FREE Tree BOOK and ten seedlings for only $10 membership fee. I just got the booklet on trees (that they have for sale). It does have a lot of good information on their plants and how to plant and care for them, but I had kind of expected a real book with more trees in it. They now have a web site that I haven't checked out yet. I hope that I don't receive my seedlings till mid May, since I live in the north.
|On Apr 1, 1996, StevePericak wrote:
I joined because I love trees and believe in their cause, but also because of the ten free trees. My trees arrived (in Wisconsin) the end of March 1996. They looked like they were in good condition, moist and sealed in a plastic bag. Unfortunately the bag was frozen to the side of my mailbox because it was only 10 degrees outside (which is almost normal for March.) Also there was still 3 feet of frost in the ground (which is also almost normal). I would think an organization like this could plan their shipments better. [update September 7, 1996]Of the ten free trees I received in March, only one is still alive.