Peach leaf curl is a common disease of peaches, nectarines and plums.
Identify the problem
In spring infected leaves become swollen, thicken and curl. Infected areas will become pale and may go red. Heavily infected leaves will drop. Shoots may become infected, and become stunted.
Note that aphids on the undersides of leaves may cause similar symptoms.
- The best way to stop peach leaf curl disease is being pro-active and carrying out a winter spray program as described here.
Did You Know
- Peach leaf curl is caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans
Peach Leaf Curl disease is common in cool, wet, spring weather. It usually stops when weather dries. Do not wet foliage if watering in cool conditions.