Answer: Apple trees usually mature enough to set a crop of apples by the fourth or fifth year after planting, but some nurseries claim earlier bearing. Much depends on how old the tree is when you plant it. Also, if you don't already have another apple tree nearby, you'll need to plant a second tree of a different variety for cross-pollination, or the tree won't ever bear fruit. Your tree should come with information on planting and care, but if you want to be prepared, contact your extension servicefor cultural information (ph# 703/223-6040). Enjoy your tree!
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