About Shade Tree
Shade Tree promises it will transform your yard into a lush, leafy paradise when you order (and plant) its set of trees. They say these trees will grow quickly, offering shade, beauty, as well as a sweet scent around your home.
Shade Tree appears to be brought to you by Gardener’s Collection, a plants-by-mail company located in Norwalk, CT. They are not accredited by the Better Business Bureau, nor is there any rating or other info for either business on the BBB website.
How Shade Tree Works
Shade Tree is essentially a set of 4 trees: Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Tulip Poplar, and Pin Oak. They claim these trees grow “super fast” and need very little maintenance. They claim in a season or two you will have it “made in the shade”. They say these trees will save you money on watering or air conditioning. They say the trees freshen the air and offer kids and pets a retreat from the sun.
They boast the Red Maple adds beauty and color to any landscape – they claim it will be covered in red flowers in spring, followed by green foliage all summer long. They state the Sugar Maple features stunning colors of crimson, scarlet, and gold; they add it’s extremely sturdy and resistant to cold. They say the Tulip Poplar has petal-shaped leaves and fragrant flowers and they claim the Pin Oak is known for its unique horizontal branches and pyramid shape.
They state your Shade Tree order arrives 2-5 feet, ready to plant, and can grow up to 80 feet high. They tout you can create a green canopy of shade for your home and you can beautify barren landscapes, block ugly buildings, or provide a natural habitat for wildlife. They state it is sure to increase your home’s property value and enhance your quality of life.
Each Shade Tree Order includes:
- Red Maple
- Sugar Maple “free” (extra S & H)
- Tulip Poplar, Pin Oak free
Shade Tree Pricing, Shipping, and Returns
They claim Red Maple sells for $10 plus $7.95 S & H but they automatically include the Sugar Maple “free” and charge an additional $7.95 handling – they say they add the Tulip Poplar and Pin Oak at no extra charge – making the true total $25.90 for a set of 4 trees. You have 30 days to try (i.e. plant) your Shade Tree order. If they do not live up to your expectations (or they do not live at all) they say to return them (on your own dime) and they will refund the $10 but not the $15.90 in fees.
Bottom Line: Is Shade Tree a Scam?
Ordering plants by mail can be a dicey proposition as many factors can affect their health in transit. The Gardener’s Choice website (separate from Shade Tree) seems to make every effort to take into account the climate of the region and the proper planting time with their shipping schedule; however, Shade Tree makes no such promise, saying all orders will be processed within 30 days. There are a lot of complaints on various so-called fraud alert websites claiming plants ordered from Gardener’s Choice arrived dead (or not at all) but without a BBB-rating or accreditation these are difficult to verify. We suggest searching locally first for your trees, and if you can’t find the ones you are looking for at a reasonable price, proceed with caution.