Prunus subhirtella Rosaceae
Higan Cherry PROO-nus sub-hir-TEL-la
- Deciduous tree, can be 50-60 ft (15-18 m) high in its native habitat, shoots slender whip-like, pubescent. Trunk thick, bark eventually gray brown. Leaves alternate, simple, ovate, 3-8 cm long, about 2.5 cm wide, tip acuminate, margin sharply and often doubly serrate, about 10 vein pairs, lustrous dark green above, sparsely pubescent on veins below. Flowers in small clusters of 2-5, appear before the leaves, calyx tube pubescent, purple-red, bulging at the base, each flowers about 2.5 cm wide, petals pale pink to white, more or less distinctly incised, style longer than stamens. Fruit oval-rounded, 9 mm long, purple-black when ripe.
- Sun. Not usually cultivated, selections and cultivars more often planted.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to Japan.
- subhirtella: somewhat hairy