Peach Tree Autopsy
This is a Paul Friday selection PF 35-007 Fat Lady. I bought this tree because of it's reported resistance to bacterial spot. However after talking to Paul Friday himself, I was left with the impression that this resistance is so-so at best.
This would have been the tree's second year but it died about 6 weeks ago. I had seen vole tunneling all around the tree beginning in very early spring. When it died, I suspected vole damage due to it's rapid decline in vigor, wilting, leaf shedding and ultimate death.
I finally got around to digging it out this morning to "autopsy" the roots for suspected vole damage. The results did not disappoint as it was very apparent most roots had been chewed off. Of course, some did get broken during removal, but these are easy to distinguish from the older damage from gnawing.
I hate voles.