How Tall Do Apple Trees Grow?

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How Tall Do Apple Trees Grow?
Apple trees have both aesthetic and practical value. (apple-trees blossom image by Nikon'as from Fotolia.com)

Apple trees are appreciated for their beautiful white and pink flowers as well as for their crisp, juicy fruit. They can grow anywhere from 5 to 30 feet in height and produce hundreds of apples per year.

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Sizes

Apple trees grow in three sizes, according to Nature Hills Nursery. Dwarf apple trees grow from 5 to 8 feet tall. A semi-dwarf tree measures from 12 to 16 feet tall, and a standard tree can reach 20 to 30 feet in height.

Varieties

Most apple tree varieties are available in both dwarf and semi-dwarf. Some, such as winesap and honeycrisp, are generally only semi-dwarf size. Others, like the Gravenstein, are only cultivated as dwarf trees. Nurseries rarely sell standard-size apple trees, because of the difficulty in harvesting fruit.

Growth Rate

Most apple trees have a medium to fast growth rate. According to Michael Dirr in his "Manual of Woody Landscape Plants," a medium grown rate is considered 13 to 24 inches per year, while a fast growth rate is over 25 inches per year. Apple trees generally reach maturity and begin producing in three to five years from planting.

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