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Breakdown of scores from each of the 11 factors we evaluate. You can read details on what each category means and how we score it here.
Disclosure: I have worked as a consultant in the past for the company that owned Fast Growing Trees and Brighter Blooms.
|Years site Active||4.5|
|Range of sizes||8|
The total rating score came in at 80 with the grade staying the same as the last update.
We placed an order with Fast Growing Trees recently for an Improved Meyer Lemon Tree. As my neighbor calls it; my little crooked tree. Sadly, it was unimpressive in more ways then one. View unboxing pictures and review here.
As a comparison, we also bought an Improved Meyer Lemon from Four Winds Growers. Both were sold as 3 to 4 feet tall. The difference was staggering. For $10 less we got such a better tree from Four Winds Growers. I haven't worked at Fast-Growing-Trees in a long time but I could never imagine a tree as bad as the one they sent me ever getting shipped out. Extremely disappointing.
Having said all that, every nursery has their issues but Fast Growing Trees, in our opinion, runs one of the best online nurseries.
Fast Growing Trees online nursery debuted a new logo, color scheme and slogan in 2019. The new slogan is "We Keep You Growing". Fast-Growing-Trees.com, as well as their sister site, BrighterBlooms.com have made a fair amount of changes the past few years with new owners. Where Brighter Blooms changed their colors to be a bit more subdued, Fast-Growing-Trees went with a brighter green.
Fast Growing Trees has also made some updates to the look and feel of the website in the past few months. Fast Growing Trees seems to have come through without experiencing too many technical issues that usually ensnare any switch like this. That's a pretty big deal.
With the changes, Fast Growing Trees is starting to look a lot more like their sister site, Brighter Blooms. Despite sharing the same location, offices and fields Fast Growing Trees lists fewer varieties of evergreen trees & shrubs for sale compared to Brighter Blooms. That just seems odd. Either way, Fast Growing Trees does have a good selection of trees & shrubs for sale. It just seems a bit more intuitive from a user perspective to get around and find things on Brighter Blooms versus Fast Growing Trees.
You can also find some very attractive prices on Fast Growing Trees. They seem to frequently adjust prices. We're assuming the price changes are based on inventory although we wouldn't be surprised if they also monitor pricing of their major competitors.
Fast Growing Trees features a lot of product reviews. Over 600 for just the Thuja Green Giant. It is refreshing to find a site that actually has a lot of user generated reviews and questions. There's also thousands of Fast Growing Trees Google reviews with an impressive 4.6 rating. You can view Fast-Growing-Trees.com Google customer reviews here.
Fast Growing Trees also encourages customers to leave a review on a site called SiteJabber.com. Overall rating isn't bad but there are 579 reviews rated 1 or 2 stars. A lot of complaints over product quality.
I worked with the family that originally started the 2 online plant nurseries. Fast Growing Trees and Brighter Blooms was sold early in 2018. It was announced in a press release on February 9, 2018. The new owners have one of the largest family run wholesale growing operations in the southeast. They have a very solid reputation within the industry.
We noticed that there's a fair amount of trees and some shrubs that only list a height. There's no container size listed. There could be a pretty big difference in the size of the roots system of a 3 to 4 foot evergreen tree depending whether it was in a 1-gallon or 3-gallon container. Those things matter. I would probably call them to verify the container size of any plant just listing height before ordering anything.
Fast-Growing-Trees.com boasts that they do not sell bare root but we're guessing they take the container off & much of the dirt of some of the plants they ship. We've seen field pictures with burlap wrapped around the roots with what appears to be some sort of loose soil inside. We can not confirm that is what they are doing, just an educated guess. It would save them a lot on shipping costs if they remove the container and a lot of the dirt.
We've actually read a few reviews recently with customers complaining that all they got were bare root trees in a burlap bag with loose dirt. There was one review with a picture of what appeared to be pruned roots. We obviously can't confirm if that picture is actually from a tree shipped by Fast Growing Trees. It would be a bit dishonest, in our opinion, to boast you don't ship bare root when all you're doing is putting bare root plants in a burlap sack with a little dirt.
We also saw roses on Fast Growing Trees listed for sale as either 1, 2 or 3 year old plants. They do list list a height range in the bullet points below each size. I've never seen plant sizes primarily listed by age. Maybe that's a growing trend? (pun intended)
Fast-Growing-Trees.com is the sister site to BrighterBlooms.com. Fast Growing Trees started a few years before Brighter Blooms. They both share the same field, plants & office staff. Based in Fort Mill, SC gives them a pretty good selection for southern grow zones and can usually ship all winter to southern grow zone locations.
Fast Growing Trees ship times, or at least how soon they get your plants packed & shipped is pretty amazing. We were also impressed with the amount of information on the different evergreen product pages. A lot of questions & answers as well as planting guides.
Fast Growing Trees Terms of Service was changed a few months ago and appears to be an exact copy of Brighter Blooms. This includes language for their plant guarantee stating they might trim roots. Not a fan of that.
We strongly recommend before you buy anything from fast-growing-trees.com you call them first & question the status of any plants you want to buy. They have trained, knowledgeable phone staff that can help you choose what is best. Also make sure to ask what container size the plant(s) will be shipped in.
What were the red flags? We took away three points for the following reasons:
- Fast-Growing-Trees.com stopped offering a 30 day 100% satisfaction guarantee. Your best solution would be a one time replacement with you paying the ship cost.
- They charge a 25% restocking fee if a return is authorized. That excludes shipping. Not the worst restocking fee but still a bit high in our opinion.
- Confusing language with the guarantee. It references providing extended time for the guarantee if you take delivery of a dormant plant. But, then it says; "we will guarantee it outside of the five-day notification period." That's the only place we see any mention of a 5 day period. That's confusing.
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