Lifespan of a peach tree

Fact or Fiction: The average lifespan of a peach and nectarine tree is 12 years.

Fact. Unlike permanent crops that last for 40 years, peach and nectarine trees only last for about 12 years.

Year 1 though 3 the tree is not producing any fruit but is concentrated on growing a good base for peach production years.

Year 4 through 8 are peak production times. Depending upon the variety these trees could produce over 2,500 boxes an acre. Starting about year 8 the tree starts producing less and less fruit.

By about year 12 the production amount has lowered so much that it is beneficial to the grower to replant a new variety.

9 thoughts on “Lifespan of a peach tree

  1. My dwarf peach tree is over 36 yrs old & at ‘‘tis time of year I still get an abundance of peaches

  2. Can you tell me what you do to your trees to keep them going. We purchased a home that had the established trees but the fruit is very small and not ediable. Not sure if they are to old and just need to be cut down?

    1. Hi, Klabonte.
      There are a few different factors that could be impacting your fruit trees. As commercial farmers, we use thinning practices to remove excess fruit and allow the remaining fruit to receive more nutrients (read more on that in this blog).

      The age of the trees could also be a factor, as well as irrigation and soil nutrition. We suggest that you talk to a local nursery about what type of soil nutrition may be needed in your area in order to maximize fruit quality. Hope this helps!

  3. Very helpful! We bought a peach tree this year and have no idea what’s next… but we make sure we learnt from every mistake that we made each season.

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