Scientific Name: Prunus subhirtella
The higan cherry is a cross between the Fuji cherry and another species of cherry (P. spachiana). However, this weeping form has been cultivated. The species name, subhirtella, means “somewhat hairy” referring to the fuzzy flower stems. The small black fruits attract a variety of mammals and are edible raw or cooked for human consumption. Bitter seeds may contain cyanide, though. Green dye has been extracted from the leaves throughout history for use in clothing. The light pink flowers are beautiful when they bloom in the spring and make this tree a common ornamental.