Raintree came through! They are sending me another Mirabelle de Nancy and apologized. They are sending me a refund for my 'Bavay' green plum. They did say they are 'always' whips. Can't wait to send them a picture of my first Bavay then sent three years ago which was close to five feet tall and beautifully branched. (just for the record). The customer service person said they had been having problems with certain suppliers. At least they have made good on my order and I cannot wait to see the next Mirabelle Nancy that they will send.