What Is the General Planting Distance for Fruit Trees?

What Is the General Planting Distance for Fruit Trees?

Fruit trees should be spaced at approximately the height of the mature tree. Apple trees require a 35-foot diameter around them, while peach trees require a 20-foot radius. Cherry, pear, apricot and plum trees require 20 feet of spacing.

The same rule of thumb applies to dwarf-size fruit trees; they require at least a 10-foot radius around them. Staggering each row of trees optimizes space so that a greater number of trees can be successfully planted in a given area. Staggering fruit trees also decreases the likelihood of trees shading each other when the angle of the sun is low.