Magical Uses : The fruit, when eaten, induces love, and so a peach or peach pie served to a desired one may help to win his or her heart. The fruit is also eaten to gain wisdom. Branches of the peach tree are used to drive off evil spirits in China, and also to root out illnesses. Children in China wear a peach pit suspended about the neck to keep demons away. Carrying a bit of peach wood will increase one's life span and may even lead to immortality. The Japanese use the peach to increase fertility, and branches of the tree are utilized as divining and magical wands.