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What is Peach Leaf Curl?

In springtime, peach growers will see the last remnants of the flowers splitting and falling from the growing young fruit. They also might see the peach tree leaves “bubbling up” and becoming deformed—a sign of peach leaf curl infection. This disease, incited by the fungus Taphrina deformans, causes leaf function to suffer and stresses the tree.

In this video, NCAT Horticulture Specialist Guy Ames explains how the disease infects peach trees, how to help infected trees, and how to prevent infection while the trees are still dormant.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.