Stark Bro’s Grade: C+
Overall rating: 79
Top 20 Rank: #8
Location: Louisiana, MO
Why do we list location? This is so you can know, in most cases, where the evergreen shrubs you buy are coming from.
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Stark Bro’s Review
Stark Bro’s overall rating came in at 79 with a C+ grade. That is good enough to put them at #8 in our top 20 list of top online nurseries.
In our opinion, Stark Bro’s is the place to go online to buy a wide variety of fruit trees and shrubs. It helps when you have been in business for over 200 years and are the oldest continually operating nursery in the United States.
When we checked at the beginning of October, Stark Bro’s had 1,038 reviews with an impressive 4.8 average star rating. You can view Stark Bro’s Google reviews here.
Stark Bro’s sells a lot of bareroot and smaller container trees and shrubs. It also makes us a little nervous when we see them say things like; “Professionally pruned for FREE!“. Just from my experience at other online nurseries, that usually means pruning to be able to get the tree in a smaller box and save on shipping costs.
FREE Shipping on all orders over $99*
I’m always leery of the dreaded asterisk (*) and what disclaimers are involved. In the case of Stark Bro’s, it’s not bad. Way at the bottom of the site it states; ” Free Shipping applies to standard orders shipping to the 48 lower contiguous states. (A $50 surcharge will be added for shipments to Alaska.)”.
1 Year Survival Guarantee
Stark Bro’s offers an impressive guarantee. It’s pretty simple.
If your trees or plants do not survive, please let us know within one year of delivery. We will send you a free one-time replacement. If the item in question is not available, we can issue a one-time merchandise credit to your account equaling 100% of the original product purchase price or issue you a refund.
You can read all the details here: https://www.starkbros.com/about/refund-and-return-policies.
Frequently Asked Questions
They have a lot of useful information, including an FAQ page that explains the difference between the various sizes of trees. It is refreshing when we find other online nurseries just labeling a tree by the height to see someone like Stark Bro’s go into more detail. They actually explain the difference in the trunk caliper for various sizes listed on their site. That is refreshing to see.
In our opinion, Stark Bro’s is the best place online to buy a wide variety of fruit and nut trees and shrubs.
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