Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- 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. Here are four that are available in the far West:
- var. autumnalis - flowers semi-double, light pink-almost white, blooms some in the fall and then fully in spring
- 'Pendula' - weeping, usually grafted about 5-6 ft to an understock; flowers are single, pale pink
- 'Whitcomb' - wide spreading, horizontally branched; flowers single, petals notched, pink, but fade to white
- 'Yae-shidare-higan' - weeping, whip-like branches, usually grafted about 5-6 ft to an understock; flowers double pink.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to Japan.
- subhirtella: somewhat hairy