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JFuller1964
Jan 27, 2018 3:05 PM CST
We purchased a home and found a peach tree in the back yard. We noticed it was being neglected so we began the pruning process. During which, we found a hole that looked like rot or a borer had gotten in there and ate out a part of the trunk.

What do you think this is and is it repairable?

Kind Regards,

John
Quaker Hill, CT
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DaisyI
Jan 27, 2018 3:38 PM CST
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I'm not sure which it is without seeing the rest of the tree. I doubt the tree is salvageable with that much damage and the lichen growing on the trunk above the rotten spot doesn't encourage me to think the tree is even alive. Have you done a scratch test? Scratch the bark on a limb with your fingernail or pruning shears blade. If the tissue just beneath is green, the tree is alive, if its brown or hard, the tree is dead.

The trunk of this tree looks like its pretty large for a peach. It could be that the tree is dying of old age - they only live to be about 15 years old.
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Philipwonel
Jan 27, 2018 6:48 PM CST
I doubt it's borer damage.
It probably got damaged by a garment, more likely a human, by kids, a mower, or something.

No repair can be done. It may live, a few, or several more years !
That will give you time to plant a new one, that will give you fruit in a few years.
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