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How many years do fruit trees live?

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In this article you will find information about the life span of fruit trees in years and after how many years they start to produce fruit.

You will find information about: Almond tree, Pear tree, Apricot tree, Damask tree, Olive tree, Citrus tree (Lemon, Orange, Mandarin), Walnut tree, Cherry tree, Cherry tree, Pine tree, Cinnamon tree, Lotus tree, Lotus, Apple tree, Mulberry tree, Mule tree, Moustard tree, Nectarine tree, Peach tree, Peach tree, Pomegranate tree, Fig tree, Cicely tree, Pistachio tree, Harvest tree, Date palm tree.

The trees also have their own life span. Like other living organisms, they grow, enter productive age and then age and die (wither). Below is the average life span for many productive trees.

Parameters affecting the lifespan of a tree

The actual lifespan of a tree that produces fruit and you have in your garden or arboretum depends on many parameters.

Parameters that fall into categories such as climate, soil condition, specifics of the place where it is planted, care it receives.

Some of the main parameters that affect the life of a tree are:

  • Local climatic conditions
  • Local local conditions in the area
  • Years with little rain (drought) or years with a lot of rain
  • Soil quality and condition
  • Regular and correct fertilisation
  • Infestation by diseases, insects, fungi
  • Treatment or not of problems from diseases, insects, fungi
  • Pruning practices or lack of pruning and removal of dead branches

It has also been observed that dwarf varieties have a shorter life span than normal varieties.

Finally, tree varieties that are better adapted to a region live longer than other trees introduced to that region.

tree lifespan

Almond tree (almond)

40-50 years

Pear (pear, asian pear)

150+ years

Apricot (apricot)

25 – 40 years

Plum (plum cultivated)

15-30+ years

Olive (olive)

500+ years

Citrus (lemon, orange, mandarin)

50+ years


60+ years

Pecan (pecan)

200+ years

Cherry (cherry)

15 – 30 years

Cherry wild black (cherry wild black)

200+ years

Pinyon pine


Quince (quince)

30-50 years

Persimmon (persimmon)

50-75 years

Apple (apple)

50-150 years

Mulberry (mulberry)

300 years

Loquat (loquat)

100+ years

Nectarine (nectarine)

15-20 years


15-20 years

Pomegranate (pomegranate)

30+ years

Fig (fig)

30-40+ years

Ginger (jujube)

100+ years

Pistachio (pistachio)

150+ years

Carob (carob)

100+ years

Date palm (date palm)

150 years

Time required for a tree to bear fruit

Just as trees don’t all live for the same number of years, they don’t all bear fruit as quickly.

The years from transplanting to first fruiting of a tree listed in the table below are valid under one assumption.

They refer to grafted trees that we have purchased from a nursery and planted 1-2 years after grafting.

Almond tree: 2-4 years

Pear (pear, asian pear): 4-6 years

Apricot (apricot): 2-5 years

Olive: 2-3 years

Citrus (lemon, orange, mandarin): 1-3 years

Plum (plum cultivated): 3-6 years

Walnut (walnut): 4-5 years

Pecan: 4-8 years

Cherry (cherry): 3-7 years

Quince: 3-5 years

Persimmon: 3-4 years

Apple tree (apple): 2-5 years

Mulberry: 2-3 years

Loquat: 2-3 years

Nectarine: 2-4 years

Peach (peach): 2-4 years

Pomegranate (pomegranate): 4 years

Fig: 2-4 years

Jujube: 3 years

Pistachio: 5-7 years

Carob: 6-7 years

I hope you found this information useful.

Such information about trees helps us to understand what is going on with our trees and also to plan our plantings so that we have a continuous production.

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