What you are describing is Peach Leaf Curl. The pictures displayed in
some of the postings are extreme cases, and likely as not yours will
not be this pronounced. Some peach varieties are less susceptible to
the disease than others.
Regardless, to what commercial chemicals manufactures advertise as a
cure. I have found, over the years, dealing with this disease, there
is only one satisfactory cure I have found. It is Copper, and must be
applied during dormancy. I use Ortho brand, and the name of it is
"Copper". I have used other fungicides but with only limited success.
I apply it twice a year, once after leaf fall, and again just before
If there is only a few leaves that are infected, harvest(pick) them
and get them away from the tree. Sometimes you can limit the spread
until dormit spraying time.
Have a good day-SodB!
On 28 May 2006 10:34:04 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@COMCAST.NET wrote:
We have a tree that's had this about 3 seasons now. I don't think there's a
healthy leaf on this thing now and are considering taking it down.
Is it worth trying to save it by treating for it now? Or should we just go
ahead and chop it down?
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As far as the most likely suspect, I'd say it's peach leaf curl, a fungal
disease. Check out the pictures here and see how they compare to your
leaves: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/3000/3006.html .
Let me know if this is or is not the problem.
Suzy O, zone 5, Wisconsin
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