Peach (Prunus persica
) is a small tree which is grown worldwide for its orchard fruits or an ornamental in gardens. It produces pink or white blossoms which bloom in the spring, before new leaves appear and fleshy fruit which are edible to humans.
The seeds of P. persica
fruit are very toxic, containing up to 8% cyanogenic glycosides. The leaves, flowers, bark and seeds also contain varying quantities of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside. The toxicity increases in young leaves and leaves that are damaged or stressed from frost, storms, drought or seasonal wilting.