I got the Bay Laurel order last week. Here’s a pic:
I’m a bit disappointed in the size. After the 3/4-7/8" LEC monsters I got last spring (from EL) and the DWN tree which was just under 1" the year before (from Sanhedrin), I had expected more of the same. Instead, the largest from the order was just under 3/4 and there were 2 which were under 1/2" (the Sugar Canes). Interestingly, the order was a mix of DWN (white tags) and LEC (blue tags).
1.) Maybe it was just a bad year for growth, so they are generally smaller. The 3 I got from Grow Organic, which were 5/8+ to 3/4 which is smaller than the past ones, but bigger than the BL trees.
2.) Maybe when you order 7 trees rather than 2-3, they send smaller ones, so that they can fit more in the box.
3.) Maybe they send the bigger ones out earlier in the season and as one of the last to get trees, I got the left-overs (they stopped taking orders a few days after mine shipped). If true, this would be a bit annoying, as I ordered them long ago (October) and at some nurseries it is when you order that they reserve the tree, not when they ship out.
It looks like BL did the same root pruning on the jujubes that some have complained about on other trees. Most of the roots are 6-8", while the GO ones were over a foot.
Last year’s Honey Jar from LEC (EL):
Overall takeaway: I don’t think they are bad trees, but they fell short of what I was expecting. The root pruning and smaller size would probably make me look elsewhere in the future. One option would be to get them at Grow Organic in Jan or Feb, whenever a warm-up occurs. They shipped almost immediately, so while the timing would be tricky (to get them before the ground freezes again), it could work.