How long does it take fruit trees to bear fruit?

Fruit trees are a great addition to any garden. Not only for their aesthetic appeal, but also for what they produce. But how long do you have to wait before your newly planted tree bears fruit?

Lemon trees: 2-3 years

Lemon trees have always been a popular choice, especially for those with a bit of room in the backyard. A lemon tree needs a lot of sun and good drainage, given the right conditions you should start to see fruit in two to three years. If you don’t have room for a fully grown lemon tree, you could just as easily grow one in a pot and prune as required. The ‘Eureka’ is a popular variety that fruits twice a year with its biggest crop in summer.

Apple trees: 4-8 years

There’s nothing like the taste of a delicious, crunchy apple straight off the tree. If you’ve got the room and the patience, a standard apple tree can grow over nine metres tall and produce fruit in four to eight years. Semi-dwarf and dwarf apple trees don’t grow as tall but still produce standard sized apples. Generally a fruit that’s ready to harvest in summer, apple trees are relatively low maintenance. Planted in a sunny spot with good drainage, you can expect them to fruit in three to four years.

Orange trees: up to 3 years

Imagine enjoying a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every morning. It’d taste even better when it’s from your very own garden. An orange tree that enjoys at least five hours of sunshine a day can reward you with spring fruit in as little as three years. Whether or not a tree bears fruit has more to do with growing conditions and age than it does with the height of the tree. As with some of the other fruit and citrus varieties, a semi-dwarf is a good option if you don’t have room for a fully grown orange tree.

Olive trees: 4-5 years

Olive trees have been grown for centuries and are highly regarded for their tolerance to the harsh Australian climate. In fact, the only place they’re not suitable for are tropical climates, preferring hot dry weather reminiscent of the Mediterranean. When planted in fertile soil that gets full sun for at least 6 hours a day, you can expect your olive tree to bear fruit in four to five years. Picking usually takes place from mid-autumn to early winter and olives need to be soaked, salted and preserved in oil to remove their bitterness.

stone fruit

Stone fruits: 3-4 years

Stone fruits such as nectarines, peaches, apricots and plums can also provide you with a delicious crop within three to four years. Ripening occurs between November and March with the most ripe fruit providing the most flavour.

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