Peach tree limb die off - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by DianeParnell
April 27, 2009
I have several peach trees. One has a trunk with two main branches creating two sides of the tree. One of these main branches (and that side of the tree) appears to have died. The other side is flourishing with fruit. I can find no bugs, infestation or disease. The branch was fine before a cold snap and then showed distress afterward. Why would one branch flourish and the other die?

Answer from NGA
April 27, 2009
I suspect there is an underlying cause for the dieback - possibly a disease. If it is truly dead, cut it off the tree (although doing so will leave you with a weird looking tree but less of a hazard with falling branches or the possibility of splitting the trunk and ruining the entire tree). Hope you determine just why that part of the tree was so vulnerable to the weather. Best wishes with your peach trees!

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