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A small deciduous tree or (more often) a bush up to 16 ft high; young shoots hairy, slender. Leaves mostly obovate, with a slender, tail-like apex, tapering and often rounded at the base, conspicuously doubly-toothed, 2 to 4 in. long, 1 to 11⁄2 in. wide, hairy on both sides, especially below; stalk 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 in. long, very hairy. Flowers produced during May singly or in pairs, each on its slender hairy stalk 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 in. long. The small white or pink petals very soon fall, and such little beauty as the flower possesses is in the calyx and stamens, which become purplish red. The calyx-tube is cylindrical, downy, 3⁄8 in. long, the lobes ovate, 1⁄2 in. long. Fruits roundish-oval, black, 3⁄8 in. long, the stalk elongated to 1 or 13⁄8 in.
Native of Japan; introduced by Wilson in 1914. The leaves of this cherry are rather handsome and distinct in the long, tail-like point and in their hairiness. The most marked character of the species, however, is the persistent, coloured calyx and stamen filaments. In the style of the toothing of the leaves it has some resemblance to P. incisa and P. nipponica.