Botanist's Glossary

Peach Tree - Prunus persica

  • Description
    • The peach tree (Rosaceae family) is a small tree with fleshy fruits, native to China - where it was already being cultivated in 3000 BC. It arrived in Greece in the 4th century BC, following the conquests of Alexander the Great. It came to Rome in the 1st century AD. Its magnificent pink blossoms appear in early spring, before the leaves.
  • Traditions
    • Prunus persica, the botanical name for the peach tree, suggests that the tree may have been brought from Persia by the troops of Alexander the Great. In China, where the peach has many medicinal applications, the tree is a symbol of fertility, renewal and immortality. In Japan, peach blossoms evoke purity and faithfulness.
  • Properties
    • The oil extracted from the peach kernel is very rich in fatty acids. It is traditionally used in beauty products to nourish and soften the skin. L'OCCITANE has chosen to combine it with an organic extract specially developed from peach blossoms from Provence.