The early tree started in June and finished 2 weeks ago. This is a late variety avocado that we are eating now and expect to have good fruit through February. Two large branches broke due to the heavy crop. I could not get up to thin out the crop and the branches are too high to prop up. Nine months of fresh avocados sounds good to me. The squirrels eat there fair share. I don't mind squirrels eating them, because they eat the entire fruit (no waste).