I should have left it in the ground for at least another year but instead decided to go ahead and collect in the spring (2012). It has been growing strong and has been repotted twice already. Now I'm curious if it will display any fall colors (I think it will). This tree has become one of my favorites and I believe it is a pear tree. I think it will have no problem surviving the winter unprotected mostly. Last winter was considerably mild so we'll see what this year does. If you go back to my spring update you can see the tree as it was when I first collected it.