Bud scales and leaf apices, features traditionally used to separate taxa, are variable and the differences slight, as is seen in Figure 7.
Bud scales deciduous; arils 4-7 mm long; rare in cultivation T.
Peach leaf curl is caused by a fungus (Taphrina deformans); rainwater-spread spores enter and infect leaf buds as the bud scales
separate and expose the leaf tips.
Hatching larvae in late March or April, depending on how many warm winter days we've had, will enter the spaces between bud scales
and make lace out of the tender foliage inside.
The spores develop in autumn creating colonies which survive the winter in crevices and bud scales