Peach tree dieing

Asked July 3, 2017, 10:49 AM EDT

i need to know if anything can be done about my peach tree. It is in a yard where two ash trees died. It the limbs are firing about a foot in. The well formed fruit is starting to rot in the vine. I'm submitting photos for review. Is there a spray that could be used to save the tree?

Frederick County Maryland

3 Responses

We would like to see your photos before we can recommend a control. Send photos of the whole tree, around the base of the tree, and affected fruit or foliage.

I would like to include more photos but not sure how to add

Your first photo of the peach fruit is a classic symptom of brown rot. This is a common disease in peaches, unfortunately. The following web page provides information about the disease and what you can do to control it.

The firing symptom you describe (apparent in the second photo) looks like that which is caused by oriental fruit moth. Check the tips of the affected branches for signs of feeding. The larvae of this insect bore into the tips early in the season. There is information about the oriental fruit moth on the following page.

For management of peach tree diseases and pests, we recommend following the Virginia Tech Home Fruit Disease and Insect Management Guide, which can be found here.

See section 3-16 in this publication for the spray schedule to use for peaches.