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  • From: Caren Kirk <>
  • To:, North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Peach bark damage
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:31:32 -0400


I had an ornamental cherry that did well for many years until the year before last when we started to have a severe ant problem. There seemed to be damage to the bark on the trunk along one side, as you describe (about 3 inches, bark dry and crumbling). A deer is now a very rare around here in my surburban neighbourhood ( and I have never ever seen a buck, only a rare glimpse of a doe passing through and that was about 7 years ago), so I'm 100% sure it wasn't antler damage. The tree had a severe problem with ants (and ant-protected aphids). It was very strange, the ants seemed to try an enter the trunk at this damaged part.

In the end the tree continued to deteriorate despite me trying to prune of sections which seemed to be suffering the most, and despite trying to control the aphids and the ants. In the end we had to cut the whole thing off at the base. Luckily it was a cherry that suckered profusely so we just chose the best looking sucker and encouraged it to grow to replace the old tree.

The sucker is now about 6 feet. Needless to say we are very vigilant about monitoring the ant situation these days.

Good luck with your peach, I would seriously try and get the ants under control if you want to give it a chance.

Caren Kirk
St. Jerome, QC

On 7/25/2011 7:34 PM, Jay Cutts wrote:

Our peach tree has some damage on the top surface of one of its lateral
branches. It's about a 3 inch section where the bark is gone. It almost
looks like it has crumbled away (sun damage?) I don't see any insect
holes. There are lots of ants on the tree. This is a tree that has
experienced a lot of decline in the last few years, though it's only
maybe 10 or 12 years old. A lot of the top has died and I've pruned it back.

A couple years ago there was some serious damage to the bark on one side
of the trunk - about a 10 inch section where the bark was destroyed.
Right now there is also a small patch of new damage on the trunk, maybe
a 2 inch section where the bark is gone.

Any ideas what's happening? Thanks.



Jay Cutts
Director, Cutts Graduate Reviews
Lead Author, Barron's Test Prep Publications
(800) 353-4898
In New Mexico, (505) 281-0684
10 am to 10 pm Mountain Time, 7 days

On 7/25/2011 2:45 PM, Richard L. Wagner wrote:
Are there any stone fruits with any resistance to the plum curculio?

Despite three sprayings in both of the last two years we have not
been able to get a single uninfected fruit. We may as well consider all
stone fruits as ornamental only.

Richard Wagner

southern Missouri Ozarks z 6b/7a

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