Peach tree partially barren

Asked July 2, 2015, 1:21 PM EDT

Only about 1/3 to 1/2 of the peach tree grew leaves this spring. The tree is about 12 years old and has always had full coverage. Do you know if the early freeze last fall may have damaged the tree? Is there a way to tell if the barren branches will recover or is there anything we can do that will facilitate a recovery? Thanks, Mike

Adams County Colorado trees and shrubs

1 Response

The damage you are seeing is likely the result of the sudden early November frost we experienced last year. Many plumbs, cherries, peaches and other woody plants were damaged or killed by this event.

You can check for green tissue just under the bark to assess if a branch is still alive. Normally if a branch is brittle that is also a good indicator. A branch which is dead this year will not come back to life next year.

Weather or not you should prune out the dead and give the tree a chance is a personal choice but many of the peaches I have observed look like they may be ok in the long term. In the mean time information on caring for trees in our climate can be found here:

Sorry about your tree, it was a bad year for woody plants along the Front Range. If you have further questions please let me know.