The Q&A Archives: Dwarf Peach Tree Size

Question: Three years ago I purchased what I thought was a dwarf peach tree. The tree now stands about 12 feet high. Is it possible I have a standard size tree? Also, it is bearing fruit this season but the fruit is very small and does not seem to be developing. There is still new growth coming on the branches. Is this normal?

Answer: Most dwarf peach trees grow to 5-6 feet tall. I'd check with your supplier to see what the average size of the variety you purchased is supposed to be. Peach trees usually start bearing when they are 3 or 4 years old. However, the tree puts out more fruit than it can support, so fruit needs to be thinned to reach adequate size. When the fruits are about 1 inch or so in size, pick off the excess. There should be about 8 or 10 inches between the remaining fruits.

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