Peach tree in a field on a cloudy day

PEACH (phony peach disease)

Major symptoms: stunting of overall growth, dwarfed leaves, branches and fruit; darker, flatter leaves.

Branch on left is normal. Notice the short internodes (between leaves) on the branch infected with phony peach disease.

Southeastern United States. Rarely occurs as far north as southern Missouri or southern Ohio.

Selected references: Davis et al., 1981; Wells et al.1981, 1983 (etiology); Turner and Pollard, 1959 (vector transmission); Yonce and Chang, 1987 (detection in vectors); Bruer et al., 1951 (in wildplum)