cold hard winters are just too much for them.
My peach tree came from Home Depot. It was around 4 feet tall and pretty scruffy looking when I bought it. I planted it way too close to the house and after learning I'd probably never get peaches, I sort of forgot about it. I've never pruned it, never fertilized it.
Yesterday, while watering my newly planted Japanese Maple I caught a glimpse of something attached to the branches of the tree. I was so excited to see baby peaches that I nearly peed myself. I called my husband over and we stood there for a good long while, marveling at the peaches and talking about all the things we'll do with them if they survive. It was in my top 5 gardening moments. In fact, I haven't stopped talking about it, yet.
Unfortunately, I also noticed this gross red lumpy stuff on the leaves and later learned it's Peach Leaf Curl, a fungus that commonly attacks peach trees. It seems that by the time you spot it, nothing can be done to get rid of the fungus. The tree will need to be treated around November, or whenever about 90% of the leaves have dropped, and possibly again in January. I also thinned as much of the tree as I could reach so that there is only 1 peach every 6-8 inches. This allows the energy to be focused on fewer fruit, a necessity since this fungus really stresses the tree.
So, after 3 years I'm thrilled to report that we're officially on a peach watch at my house.