Updated May 15, 2019
Planting Tree Grade: B-
Overall rating: 82.5
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Breakdown of scores from each of the 10 factors we evaluate. You can read details on what each category means and how we score it here.
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The Planting Tree rating comes in at 82.5 this month with a B- grade.
The website is relatively new, dating back to just 2014. This makes it the newest of the top rated online nurseries so they suffer a bit in the rating score for years in service. Their domain authority also seemed to take a pretty big hit late last year, they have one of the lowest domain authorities of all the online nurseries we monitor.
They also seem to either be related somehow to Fast Growing Trees or have done a great job knocking them off. The 2 operations are in the same metro (Charlotte, NC), about 20 miles apart. And, the company that bought Fast Growing Trees in 2018 is practically a neighbor to The Planting Tree. We tried calling them to ask about their domain authority and any association to Fast Growing Trees. We left 2 messages but never heard back from anyone. The 'About Us' page still references two long-time friends owning the company.
Planting Tree's selection of evergreen trees & shrubs seems pretty good. We counted 85 evergreen shrubs and 14 evergreen trees for sale when we checked May 15th. They offer a variety of sizes, mostly 1 and 3 gallon containers. They do have a pretty cool page for plant sizes that includes pictures of the various containers.
Planting Tree has a decent number of reviews and they seem legit. 4.3 out of 5 from Google. Being so new hasn't provided much of a chance to accumulate too many reviews yet.
The warranty from Planting Tree is average at best. You need to notify them within 1 day of delivery if there is shipping damage. They will only offer a replacement if it dies within 5 days. If your plant(s) don't make it within 45 days they offer a 50% store credit.
Planting Tree offers a 1 year warranty for a separate cost, a popular feature many online nurseries have offered in the past few years. Kind of arbitrary but you need to prove you followed their planting & care guidelines. If they determine your claim qualifies, they will offer a one time replacement, excluding ship costs.
Just to make sure it is very clear, they have a separate page for their refund policy. To their credit, it's not bogged down with a lot of legalese. It basically says you can't get a refund... "all sales are final. In the event a living product is rejected on delivery we will not credit back your account. There will be no refunds."
They offer free shipping on orders over $99 and have a page that shows you delivery times from their location to anywhere in the mainland U.S. The ship costs are a bit steep if your order is under $99 but we have seen worse.
What were the red flags?
- The primary negative, as we mentioned above, is their warranty & return policies. It leaves a lot to be desired.
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