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|On Feb 16, 2021, 4mikealike Irvine, CA wrote:
I originally ordered 3 pluot trees. I canceled 1 and totally regret it after receiving the 2 trees I kept on my order. The trees are huge! Beautifully grafted. The scion looks about 6 feet tall and 1-1 1/4 quarter diameter and I can count at least 10 strong branches. Looking forward to my pluots!
|On May 16, 2020, usuallycollin West Shokan, NY wrote:
Ordered 4 trees from ToA in early April (2 for us, 2 for some nearby friends). Emailed them beforehand with a couple questions and they wrote back very quickly. Order shipped out within 2 weeks and made it to us within a week. The trees were packed well, and they even included a free 5th tree, I think because one was just a tiny whip. The trees were all planted a few weeks ago and have started to leaf out. All look good. With everything going on in the world, I was worried about getting the trees in time, but ToA was on top of it. Will definitely order from them again.
|On Apr 3, 2020, Le_Not Coralville, IA (Zone 5b) wrote:
Posted on March 27, 2020, updated April 3, 2020
On April 3rd, 2020, Le_Not changed the rating from neutral to positive and added the following:
Neil graciously offered to address the issue, and I now consider myself a completely satisfied customer.
Highly recommended -- I would definitely buy from Trees of Antiquity again.
|On Mar 31, 2020, mroot Decatur, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered and received a Black Tartarian cherry and a Late Duke cherry. I planted both trees yesterday. The trees looked good with plenty of roots. The box was large and the rootballs were packed in moist wood shavings surrounded by a heavy duty clear plastic bag. Both trees were on krymsk 5 which is a semi-dwarf cherry rootstock that is hard to get if your a retail customer. I am happy with my purchase and would buy from them again.
|On Nov 18, 2019, MitchF Lindsay, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
Ordered in May of this year on clearance—
|On May 8, 2019, shralp Hummelstown, PA wrote:
Excellent nursery with a huge selection of top quality trees. I ordered 4 pear trees from them and they arrived well packages and in great shape. These were well developed trees and they took to their planting immediately and have been thriving ever since. Their prices are good for the quality of their product and they also don't gouge you on the shipping the way many of the other nurseries do which is an added bonus. Highly recommended.
|On Apr 12, 2019, Hiraeth Wellston, MI wrote:
I am absolutely thrilled with the outstanding condition and size of the 4 trees (3 apples and a nectarine) that I just received. I seriously had tears of joy. I only now wish I would've ordered 5 more! Last year I purchased several heirloom apple trees from Southmeadow here in Michigan. I waited anxiously until the thaw for my order to arrive. When my order was ready- I paid over $250 for 8 trees, only 2 of which were part of my order. They were 12" tall, though they said they'd be 4-5 feet. They were the crummiest, tiniest, shouldn't even qualify as whip status things I've ever seen. This is what I feared mail order tree nurseries would all be like for things other than commercial trees. Boy was I wrong. I just cannot get over how robust my trees are, and so healthy. Be proud of what you do- this is how smallholder's dreams come true:)
|On Apr 10, 2018, Tamalaine Rogue River, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:
I ordered an Aromatnaya Quince (sweet edible) and a bundle of 5 Tayberry plants. This nursery only ships bareroot plants during dormancy. The plants just arrived and they are all very large, packaged very well, and are as healthy as can be. All are just breaking dormancy, so they will go in the ground right away after a bit of soaking. The Tayberries have multiple branches and are very healthy-looking. The tree is about 4 ft. tall...very big and strong. I've never ordered from this company and I am really pleased with everything about this order. It came quickly and I got a couple of emails to let me know when the plants were shipped and all about their journey to my doorstep. This nursery carries a lot of unusual and hard to find plants. Their website has great descriptions to help you choose your next fruit or berry plant.
|On Apr 2, 2018, olga5775 South Jordan, UT wrote:
Not enough kindly words to describe such an excellent company. If I need another trees I know where to go. We planted in 2016 and 2017 and trees are growing so fast and so nice. Thank you
|On Mar 21, 2018, lucy_lucy Gaithersburg, MD wrote:
We ordered 4 fruit trees in late winter. They arrived in great condition along with fantastic, detailed planting instructions. We planted them the weekend after the arrived and are now avidly waiting for them to come out of dormancy and begin to grow. So far everything has been great!
|On May 5, 2016, KR315 Watertown, NY wrote:
Excellent company! They were out of a particular variety I ordered and shipped a comparable variety and a free tree! I am very impressed with the healthy trees I received. Thank you!
|On Apr 17, 2016, ArteLope New York City, NY wrote:
I do not have enough positive words to say about this company. I ordered a ton of stuff ($1000 worth) for a new mixed fruit home orchard I wanted to plant this spring in two orders. Neil combined the orders, gave me the appropriate level of bulk discount, remained in constant contact over about 6 months form the time I ordered until delivery, and worked with me to make sure that my trees arrived on a specific date when I would be on vacation at the property where the orchard was being planted. Seriously - Neil is a blessing. And everything was SUPER healthy and is growing like crazy.
|On Jan 19, 2016, Pevey Emeryville, CA wrote:
This year (spring 2016) is my second year ordering from Trees of Antiquity. I've ordered from many different nurseries over the years, and I've never gotten better specimens than what I get from Trees of Antiquity. They are my go-to place from now on. Currently in my yard I have 6 fig trees, 5 apple trees, 1 almond tree, 1 pear, 1 persimmon, and 1 pluot from TOA. They were all very healthy on arrival and vigorous when they broke dormancy. They were also generally larger than similarly described trees from elsewhere and shaped more to my liking. Every single one of the plants in my yard would be from TOA if they had carried the particular varieties I was looking for. I highly recommend this seller.
|On Sep 1, 2015, DEEJOA Linden, TN wrote:
We have purchased a variety of trees from TOA. Our experience has been consistently positive since we discovered this company three years ago. Specifically:
|On Jun 1, 2015, TownhomeFarm Riverside, MD wrote:
We ordered one Li JuJuBee tree and it crossed the country and arrived at our home in perfect, tall and without leaves, condition. We followed the directions, including painting the lower part of the tree with half water and half latex paint, and the tree is doing very well. We will order from this firm again without hesitation.
|On Apr 9, 2015, robdallas_8b wrote:
I ordered 22 trees and vines and berry canes from TOA on 10-9-2014. This included:
|On Feb 17, 2015, mrs_colla Marin, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Posted on February 2, 2011, updated February 17, 2015
On February 8th, 2008, mrs_colla added the following:
I asked Neil for a list of heirloom apples that would do well in my area of medium chill hours, take care of cross pollination and is organic.
He gave me a list the next day with 30some trees!!!
They go out of their way to help customers and spread the love for heirloom trees, organic and sustainable orcharding.
I love this nursery!!!
I am putting in an apple orchard and can't wait to order 50 trees from them!
Thanks Trees Of Antiquity!!
On January 6th, 2009, mrs_colla added the following:
4 More fruit trees planted today! Thank you for the wonderful trees. They are perfectly branched, trained perfectly and they have great roots.
I couldn't be happier, definately the best trees in the industry!!
( I have about 60 fruit trees, and these are by far the best!)
On January 10th, 2009, mrs_colla added the following:
2 More superb apple trees! This company is at its best, all the time! I will not buy anywhere else, after I grew accustomed to this kind of quality and service!
Thanks Neil for taking my call, your accesability is phenomenal!
On January 5th, 2010, mrs_colla added the following:
I was looking for a particular tree, only I didn't know which one it was. I emailed the good people at the nursery to ask their advise about my apple dilemma's.
They got back to me immediately, and Neil called me back to see if there was anything else I needed.
My two apples arrived here today, in super state as always.
I am so happy with my new apples, I am a true fan!
On February 11th, 2010, mrs_colla added the following:
The wonderful apple trees keep coming my way, and it will never be enough... :-)
I love this nursery, they have the best trees money can buy, a great selection, customer service like the good old days and fair prices.
On March 4th, 2010, mrs_colla added the following:
I find it important for a nursery to keep up with great quality, and this nursery never lets me down, always great trees, shipped fast and packed very well.
On March 9th, 2010, mrs_colla added the following:
Thank you for another great Apple tree!
On February 2nd, 2011, mrs_colla added the following:
3 More healthy trees; 1 pear, 1 cherry and 1 fig. This nursery has THE BEST choice, the biggest choice and the most beautiful trees.
I look forward to the trees so much each year!
Neil is very approachable and calls you back the same day, or emails, whatever the way is you contact them.
I am a BIG fan!
On February 17th, 2015, mrs_colla added the following:
I have been ordering for years, and I never lost a single tree. I own around 60 of these trees, mostly apples, and the harvest is always the highlight of my year! I have contacted the company, and I get a warm response within hours every time! Whether you need advice or have other questions, this is the place to ask! I am afraid this farm is heavily enabling my passion for the orchard fruits!
|On May 14, 2014, swimslowly Polo, IL wrote:
We purchased 13 fruit trees from Trees of Antiquity for our mini-orchard this Spring and all appear very healthy with excellent, intact, root structures. All the trees have already broke dormancy and look great. We've had some bad experiences with online nurseries, but Trees of Antiquity sells great products. We will certainly buy more from them in the future!
|On Mar 26, 2014, cheesesauce Seminole, AL wrote:
Received 3 apple trees from this company. Absolutely beautiful trees; large root systems and well-branched. Started to leaf out only a few days after being planted. Information with the trees was helpful and informative and I appreciate that they grow organic as well.
|On Mar 8, 2012, Moltolive Santa Clarita, CA wrote:
I made a large order from Trees of Antiquity and another mail order company. The trees I received from Trees of Antiquity were phenomenal in quality, size, health, and packaging. I have never ever received such excellent quality plants by mail before. Sadly, the other place I ordered from was the status quo of mail order and, in comparison to Trees of Antiquity, I see how inferior the material is for the price paid.
|On Mar 5, 2012, Pitcom Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
Over the past few years, I have been expanding my home garden to include fruit trees. In that time, I have ordered from several reputable vendors that I found here at DG. But after some disappointing specimens, and a few headaches, I spent a great deal of time researching vendors. I had heard about Trees of Antiquity over at gardenweb and decided to look them up over here at Dave's Garden. I was blown away by all of the wonderful, positive comments, that customer's had to say about this company. Last fall, I placed my order for 8 apple trees from trees of Antiquity, scheduled for spring delivery. They have arrived, and I must say they are by far the largest, most well formed trees I have ever purchased online. I can only hope that this is an indication of how well they will grow. When I decided to add more items to my order, Neil responded by e-mail within mere minutes of my initial inquiry. I was more than impressed with their level of customer support. I am glad to have stumbled upon this great vendor, and eagerly look forward to the next ordering season.
|On Feb 8, 2012, tdthompson Chapin, SC wrote:
Just received a fruit tree order, and was VERY impressed with the size of the trees [all pears]. UPS beat the box up pretty well, but the trees were so well packaged that there was no problem with any of the trees.
|On Aug 22, 2011, sascwatch wrote:
I have ordered twice from them. At the beginning of the year. (I can't remember when they arrived but there were no issues with time.) Two different locations. Both good size orders. Both orders arrived perfectly and the trees were more than excellent and packaged well. This place is like a dream come true for organic growers looking for old world genetics. I can't recommend them enough. Positive X100 would be my real rating.
|On Apr 12, 2011, SanJoseFool Canton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:
I ordered 5 bare root trees about two months ago from Trees of Antiquity. They are all leafing out now and looking good.
|On Mar 18, 2011, gopals Sidney, TX wrote:
Very positive. Most pleasant experience I've had after buying from some 6 or 8 nurseries this season. Ordered two trees, one was fine, the other I recieved was a jujube tree that had a severely damaged root system. I called the company and immediately they sent me a replacement at no charge, without me even asking them for one. The replacement was excellent. They have a great selection and are very friendly with excellent customer service. No having to beg for a refund or replacement like other inferior companies. Very highly recommended.
|On Feb 28, 2011, RLPearce Maupin, OR wrote:
I recently called Trees of Antiquity to ask about what seemed an unreasonable shipping quote for a single tree on their website. During the very nice conversation I had the gentleman explained that there was a computer glich and the shipping charge shown for a single tree was indeed incorrect. I ended up buying a snow apple tree and although it wasn't cheap (almost $50.00 with shipping) it arrived only 3 or 4 days later and I couldn't be happier with the tree, about 5' tall, nicely branched and shaped, and exactly as described on the website. These folks had received a nice recommendation from Cummins Nursery in New York, and I completely agree. Great folks to do business with.
|On Feb 13, 2011, rasputinj Simi Valley, CA wrote:
I have purchased a Santa Rosa, Gold Kist Apricot, Blueberries and Anna Apples from them. They provide excellent bareroot trees and blueberries. I had an issue with my Santa Rosa where it was not a Santa Rosa but a Mariposa and they sent me a Santa Rosa Bare Root replacement 3 years later. Excellent customer service.
|On Feb 12, 2011, AxillaryBud Thousand Oaks, CA wrote:
Neil Collins and crew, in my view, are the gold standard. The consistently large caliper of their bareroot trees, the size of the rootballs, the amount of balanced scaffolding in the branches and the overall health of the trees are unsurpassed by anyone, even John Bunker of FedCo Trees and Dr. James Cummins of Cummins Nursery, who are among the finest nurserymen in the country. I have a rare and heirloom fruit orchard with more than 500 trees and vines, and a full 25% of those began as bareroot stock from Trees of Antiquity or Sonoma Antique Apple Nursery. That's because Neil offers more than 150 heirloom apple varieties alone! That may be only half of what Ron and Suzanne Joyner of Big Horse Creek Farm offer (see my post on their incredible selection), but more than double what anyone else can give you. And, to be fair, most of Neil's trees are not one-year whips, like most of BHCF's, but rather well-developed two-year-olds with advanced branching. And that's important, because that puts YOU a year ahead. After nearly ten years of dealing with more than two dozen specialty nurseries, I believe that, in terms of overall point total (number of varieties, quality of trees, and service), Trees of Antiquity is the number one mail-order fruit tree nursery in the nation.
|On Feb 12, 2011, bobsorel Ojai, CA wrote:
Ordered from these folks for the first time this year. Really great people doing good work preserving old fruit lines. Family run.
|On Dec 30, 2010, OrgnicHomestead Tuckasegee, NC (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on December 30, 2010, updated December 30, 2010
On December 30th, 2010, OrgnicHomestead added the following:
I forgot to mention that I use garden lime for pH adjustment.
|On Jan 31, 2010, dirtygum High Bridge, WI wrote:
What a wonderful nursery!!
|On May 2, 2009, Misterbaby wrote:
This is my second year of trading with these folks. Although their stock is somewhat pricey, their selection and quality justify the few extra dollars. Also, their website is highly informative and easy to use. This is a fine company.
|On Mar 27, 2009, grandpa_boris Palo Alto, CA wrote:
ordered a fruit tree that is available from very few other vendors. received prompt email updates on the delivery expectations. the tree was meticulously packaged and in a very good shape. it's been slower to "wake up" than some other trees i bought this year, but it's definitely alive.
|On Mar 23, 2009, Jake1 Middleboro, MA wrote:
I ordered 3 trees and 6 bushes from TOA in November. They came in last Wednesday 3/18 and we planted them on Saturday 3/21. They were shipped in a tall and slim box and were well tied up. The bag of shredded paper around the roots was still keeping the roots wet after shipping cross country. On the invoice they stated "crop failure" on one of the berry bushes and the charges were deducted properly. The trees were all 3 ft tall with 1/2" to 3/4" trunks. 1 was feathered and the others had no branches. All the gooseberry, raspberries and blackberries were about 1 ft tall and had buds already. The currant bushes were cut down to 1 ft and had thick 1" trunks and already had buds. We are overall very pleased.
|On Mar 6, 2009, ChiarinaPerfume Los Gatos, CA wrote:
After some bad experiences with a popular mail order fruit tree nursery, I decided to take a chance on Trees of Antiquity and am very glad I did! Four trees were purchased as a Christmas gift for my brother to plant in our family owned orchard. When they arrived (at the perfect time for planting here) we were pleased to see how carefully they'd been packaged for shipping and that each tree was strongly rooted, supple and that the trunks were all somewhat over the listed caliper size. We soon agreed that we'd be ordering more stock from them in the future, including pre-ordering a half dozen Frantoio olives for the 2010 planting season, since they already sold out for 2009!
|On Apr 27, 2008, IanB Boulder, CO wrote:
I ordered three pears (on OHxF 333) and one quince from ToA this winter. They arrived just as promised, and were large, healthy trees (prob. 5/8" in diameter and 3 1/2' tall). All are now budding out. I would not hesitate to order from them again.
|On Mar 22, 2008, Assorted Brownsville, TX wrote:
They provide a tracking number. Which is rare. Fast shipment. Bare root plants were package decent, seem to have a decent root spread. All plants are making it, paw paw trees seem to do fine, they had a small pot, not bare rooted.
|On Mar 14, 2008, DTC Forest Hills, NY wrote:
I ordered a Comice pear tree from them. However, before delivery, I discussed the tree's susceptibility to fire blight with TOA personnel who were candid about the possibility of fire blight problems with that tree in the Northeast. I thereafter changed my order to a Rio Oso Gem peach and TOA was very accommodating. When I subsequently received my order, I was surprised at the huskiness of the tree and the impressive size of its root system. Having ordered many trees from mail order, I simply have never seen such a husky young sapling being sold, with a trunk diameter of about two inches plus. The sapling also has quite a few dormant blossoms that are already starting to swell up a week after planting. Overall, I am very happy with my order.
|On Mar 14, 2008, veryblessed Morehead, KY wrote:
This is the first of many mail orders to arrive this spring and if they all come in like this it will be a great season. I waited a little late to order my fruit trees they were sold out of a few things I wanted, but they went above and beyond to help me get about a dozen trees picked out. They arrived just a few days later and they are beautiful!! They were pruned and packaged beautifully not one branch split or broken. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for any kind of fruit trees, bushes or vines!