Many people get frustrated when the fruit trees they plant in their gardens seem to take forever to bear fruit. It can take years for a fruit tree to become established enough to produce flowers, let alone fruit and it can take even longer for the tree to support a true crop. Before you give up on your orchard, run through these check points. A standard size peach or apricot can start producing fruit when it is 3-5 years old. Standard size apple, pear, cherry, apricot and plum trees take a little longer, from 3-5 years. There are other factors that affect when your tree starts to bear. Read about them in the source.