Fruit Trees

Years to Fruit

Fruit Trees - Years to Fruit - Peach Blossoms

Fruit trees are a great addition to any landscape. We are coming into that time of year when many people are considering adding new trees to their landscapes.  Fall is a great time to plant new trees if they have a root ball and soil.   If you are planning on planting bare root trees, it is probably better to wait until late winter or early spring.  Regardless of your selection, either bare root or balled, many people have questions about how long it will take for their fruit trees to mature enough to begin bearing fruit.

This chart is a rough reference.  It is based on trees that are 1 to 2 years old when they are sold at the nursery.  The time it takes for a fruit tree to bear fruit the first time depends a lot on soil conditions, the age of the tree when planted, the variety, and the stock onto which it was grafted.  The label that comes with your tree is often the best indicator of when you can expect your tree to start bearing fruit.

Years to Fruit Table

Fruit Tree Type Years to Fruit
Apple 2-5 Years
Apricot 2-5 Years
Cherry (Sour) 2-3 Years
Cherry (Sweet) 4-7 Years
Citrus 1-2 Years
Fig 1-2 Years
Mulberry 2-3 Years
Nectarine 2-4 Years
Olive 2-3 Years
Pawpaw 5-7 Years
Peach 2-4 Years
Pear 4-6 Years
Persimmon 3-4 Years
Plum 3-6 Years
Pomegranate 2-3 Years

Some of the trees listed above will not do well in Zone 7 in West Texas.  You should always consider your climate and your planting zone when planning your landscape. 

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Planting trees is a long term commitment.  You must think years ahead when the tree has matured and reached its full height and width.  Consider the area completely.  As landscapes mature, they change.  Make sure you plan for that mature tree, not just the sapling. 

Links and Resources

For more information about organic landscape planning, maintenance, and the organic system, visit our website at West Texas Organic Gardening.

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