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How do you estimate the value of a fruit tree?

Here's the scoop. My Mom lives in the country. They have Apple trees, a current bush and a nanking cherry bush. They are all dying. We know why, it was cause the field workers sprayed for weeds and the poison/chemical attacked the plants there. The apple trees are at least 6ft and are fruit bearing. The owner of the field agreed to replace the plants, but we need to figure out their value. Hope you can help. Thanks.

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Asked by babygoose78 at 10:25 PM on Jul. 13, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • This website might give you some idea or at least point you in the right direction.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:35 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • The value depends on the tree, some trees are worth more than others. But here's a formula for a fair estimate of replacement;

    Retail value to replace tree (say $50 for argument)
    Tree bore an average of 10 bushels of fruit per year - each bushel averages 24.5 quarts
    New tree will not bear fruit for 3 years (3*24.5=73.5 qts lost each year for 3 years)73.5*3=220.5
    Retail price each quart yields $3.75
    Less an average percent of natural loss (around 22% normally)

    $3.75*220.5 = $827+$50= $877 - $182 (22%natural loss)=$695

    There are other semantics you could get into, like having the soil tested for chemical concentration, removal of old tree, removal and replacement of poisoned soil, labor, etc. BUT all of this is dependent on rather or not this was an orchard tree - if it was a personal tree and used for personal consumption only then the cost to replace is 50% of the calculated value.

    Answer by PaceMyself at 11:23 PM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • PaceMyself-that is a great answer.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:04 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

  • Thanks Ladies! I passed this information on to my Mom. I'll let you know what we come up with.

    Answer by babygoose78 at 10:58 AM on Jul. 14, 2009

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