Peach blossom from Okayama
Peach Blossom (Prunus persica)
The peach has a long history in Japan, and is said to have been brought to Japan from China in the Yayoi Period.
The peach flower appears in Japan's oldest historical record, the Kojiki, and in the Heian Period it began to be displayed during the March 3 Girls' Day Festival. Selective cultivation of ornamental varieties progressed during the Edo Period, with many cultivated varieties emerging.
Many of the varieties from that period remain today.
Compared with the plum blossom and the cherry blossom, which are other spring flowers that look similar, the tip of the petal is pointed, with two flowers on each node and round buds.