The pits Not needing too much crème Peaches and Crème James and the Giant Peach? It is quiet on this Monday AM... my Sweetie announced to me his distraught ness over the Peach plague. Now that I am awake I will venture out before the roofers return to put the second layer of MUD on the light wells. I feel sure the spring freeze had a bit to do with the decline of this tree as well as weeks with little rain. We did purchase another one for our wee Orchard. But it could be most peach trees sold by nurseries are grafted cultivars. The trees are prone to a disease called leaf curl, which usually does not directly affect the fruit but does reduce the crop yield by partially defoliating the tree. The fruit is very susceptible to brown rot.