The Problem

Peach Leaf Curl

Taphrina deformans

What is Peach Leaf Curl?

Peach Leaf curl is a fungal disease which overwinters in the crevices of the tree bark and around
the buds. One or two well timed applications for most stone fruits should control the disease. Spray
when buds are swelling (bud scales start to loosen), but before and within one week of bud opening. If
it has been a problem in the past, spray in autumn at leaf fall and then at the first sign of bud well and
repeat one week later.

What are the symptoms?

Leaves are curled, change colours and are severely deformed. Leaves finally turn brown, shrivel and
drop from the tree. Fruits may drop early, or turn reddish-purple with warty growths on the outer
surface.

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