Peach tree malady
Hi there, We planted our two peach trees 4 and 5 years ago, respectively. Beginning last year, and now again this year, there are only leaves on the upper portion of the branches. The lower parts of the tree have no leaves and very dry (dead?) branches. The only blossoms were at the top and there were very few. Some leaves that came out on the younger tree are curled and have a bumpy texture. They both previously had quite a good crop of peaches. We have never sprayed. The ground gets saturated with fairly poor drainage in the rainy months. I thought it might be some sort of fungus. What exactly is the problem and is there any solution or are the trees dead/dying?
Washington County Oregon
Thank you for your question. If you have not treated you trees for a (wide) variety of problems to which they are susceptible here, you’ll need to prepare for them now. Here is an OSU Extension publication with the possibilities and their treatments (page 6) https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec631_0.pdf I can see indications of at least 3 issues—and there may be more. Were you to take samples into an Extension office, those could be narrowed down, but it is late in the season. Here are offices close by: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg/metro/have-gardening-question Good luck!