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What is The Wishing Tree Company?

We're a gift company specializing in beautiful trees given to celebrate very special occasions. We have planted nearly 1000 trees to date in backyards, gardens and patios throughout San Diego and Southern California. We have carefully selected the very best fruit trees, flowering ornamentals and shade trees for our soils and climate. We are not a nursery per se - we only sell our premium quality trees in a gift package that always includes delivery, planting and a gift basket of tree care essentials. Every Garden Art tree tag is personalized with your best wishes, so every gift is unique, personal and lasting. And it's as simple as sending flowers.

What areas does The Wishing Tree Company serve?

We serve San Diego County - delivery is always free to any address in the county. But since our trees will perform beautifully in most areas of Southern California, we'll consider special orders for Orange County, Los Angeles County and Riverside County. Give us a call and we'll do our best to make it work for you.

How does it work?

It’s easy! Just make a selection from the Garden Trees or Patio Trees menu [or select "Giftee's Choice" to let your giftees choose their favorite]. For Garden Trees and Patio Trees, we’ll delivery a gift basket right away to let them know you've sent an amazing gift. The basket includes an elegant gift announcement card themed for the occasion, tree care essentials such as fertilizer, garden gloves, a super simple tree care guide and your Personalized Garden Art Tree Tag. Then, when they are ready, we carefully deliver and expertly plant their tree.  Patio Trees will be delivered in a stylish container. It’s as easy as sending flowers, but far more impressive, lasting and personal. If you are sending one of our charming Little Trees, we'll deliver it right away or whenever you want it to arrive.

      

How big are the trees?

That depends on the species, of course. But in general, our in-ground Garden Trees are 4-7 feet tall, grown in 15 gallon containers. Patio Tree selections are in 5 gallon containers and tend to be 3-5 feet tall, again depending on the species. That said, many of them are perfect for very small spaces as they can be pruned to stay manageable.

 

What if the giftees don’t have a yard?

We have dozens of beautiful selections for any sunny patio, balcony or deck. Choose from our Patio Trees menu.

 

How much tree care is involved?

Not much. Your tree is a gift - so we make sure it will thrive with just a little TLC. The trees are perfectly matched for our soils and climate. Plus, every gift tree comes with an Easy Tree Care Guide [one page specific to their tree -super simple], fertilizer, a personalized tree tag, and a moisture meter – our gift basket of tree care essentials. Overall, as long as the tree gets watered, it will do great.

 

Do you offer any other trees that are not listed?

Sure – just ask. If it will do well in Southern California, we can usually find the perfect tree on request. Our experts are standing by at 760.753.1760 and [email protected] to answer all your questions.

 

Is there a guarantee?

Absolutely. We will replace any gift tree without charge as long as it has been properly watered.

 

Will every tree selection work everywhere in SoCal?

Some will work better than others, particularly if the giftees are in a more extreme climate zone. We always do our best to match the right gift tree to the right location and are always happy to discuss with you or your giftees.

Why give a tree?

Research shows that people love gifts that are meaningful, unique and that make an emotional connection. Nothing does that better than a treasured tree for the backyard, garden or patio.The gift registry – where you just pick, click and you’re done -  might be easy, but it’s merely a transaction. Special people deserve something from the heart.

Is a gift tree right for everyone?

Your giftee should be someone who appreciates nature and will get pleasure from watching their tree grow more beautiful year after year. If instant gratification is their thing, then a gift tree might not be the ideal gift. On the other hand, it's the perfect gift for new homeowners, the birth of a special child, a retirement, promotion or memorial. Foodies will love fruit trees, gardeners and nature lovers might prefer a landscape or shade tree, Mom will love a flowering ornamental that blooms every year near her birthday. If you need ideas and suggestions, give us a call - we love to talk trees!

What about the drought?

Though it may seem counter-intuitive, this is no time to stop planting trees in Southern California. In fact, trees use a lot less water than one might think and they provide long-term benefits. See the following from Urban Forester and Certified Arborist Robin A. Rivet:

Although it’s not publicized, the San Diego County Water
Authority’s Model Drought ordinance states that even during an
emergency “Stage 4 drought,” trees and shrubs can still be watered
and maintained. Why? Trees are green-infrastructure investments
and long-lived, whereas perennials and lawns can be quickly and less
expensively replaced. Trees intercept rainfall in their canopies, slow
down runoff, and improve soil penetration, while recharging our
groundwater. Their extensive root systems store excess water for
future non-rainy days, and help control erosion. Unlike most plants,
trees absorb limited rainfall very efficiently, and survive on minimal
supplemental irrigation.