We want to plant some fruit trees: plum, apricot, apple, peach, fig, mandarin, cherry, nectarine

Location is zip code 95682, east of Sacramento at about 1100 ft. elevation. Good black dirt. Well drained. Direct sun, of course.

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    The answer will depend not only on the fruit, but much more on the rootstock, which will in turn determine the size of the mature trees. Can you tell us a bit more about your plans re. tree size?
    – Stephie
    Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 6:29
  • Are they dwarf, semi-dwarf, or standard-sized? However, it should be noted that if you don't prune the smaller trees, they still get pretty big. So, I'd still space most of them similarly, anyway. Commented Feb 21, 2022 at 23:41

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I don't remember the spacing off-hand, but on about 0.0833333 acres (a third of a fourth of an acre), you should be able to comfortably fit about 7 to 10 fruit trees at the most (assuming they're mostly semi-dwarf; at least a couple could be standards). If you want anything else besides trees on the land, you'll want fewer trees.

Note that fig, apple, and orange trees can live a long time. Peach and nectarine trees are only rated for about 12 years. The apricot will probably be one of the biggest, and shadiest, even if it's a semi-dwarf.

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