The tree arrived on a very hot day -- about 92 degrees. I wasn't home on the day it came, but fortunately my wife was there just an hour or two after it was delivered. We brought it inside for a day or so to stabilize it, and has been planted for about 8 days now. It is still looking fine thus far. The tree was described as being 2-3 feet tall, but was close to 4.5 feet tall. It was nice to have a taller start, but at the same time I was worried about it being more risky because it had such a small bare root ball (wrapped in burlap). The tree came with a bamboo support pole to keep it from bending as it grew from a seedling, but you need to have a good broad stake to pound in the ground a foot or two to really do it right. I also happened to have an extra tree sapling guard that I put around it. Fall is coming soon, and I hope it will get some good root development before winter arrives. Will really know the result in May went the oaks in this area leaf out.
Hard to give 5 stars until I know how it survives the winter, but so far, so good.