Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Peach pits contain small, minute amounts of cyanide. However, there should be not problem with the accidental ingestion of a pit, nor is there a problem if the pit is split and exposed to the fruit.


Peach trees are susceptible to extreme cold temperatures and rapid shift of temperatures (hot to cold to hot). The cambium layer beneath the bark is easily killed. Trees will leaf out in the spring and then rapidly die.

The crotches of the trees (where limbs intersect each other or the trunk) are the most susceptible and will ooze sap, giving the impression of borers. However, the cambial tissue beneath the bark will be a tan to dark brown instead of a whitish, cream or green color.

Winter injury can't really be prevented.

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