[NAFEX] Peach Tree Life

Don Yellman dyellman at earthlink.net
Sat Apr 12 21:43:28 EDT 2003


I have just about concluded that that useful life of a peach tree in the 
  Mid-Atlantic is 20 years, and that beyond 15 years they are living on 
borrowed time.  The reason is disease, which usually chooses older 
trees.  There are no real cures.  What you have sounds like a classic 
case of bacterial canker (Pseudomonas syringae).  Bacterial leaf spot is 
another disease that can weaken and eventually kill a peach tree, as is 
gummosis, which is fungal in origin.  Any one of these diseases, or 
several others which attack older trees, and you have a terminal case. 
The solution is to plant a new tree, since even if the tree hangs on, 
the quality of the peaches declines dramatically.  I have taken down 
seven peach trees over the past ten years that were afflicted with one 
or more of these diseases.  Every 3 years or so, I plant two new trees 
in new locations to keep the peaches coming.  I wish I could give you 
better news.

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

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