Usuzumizakura is the sacred tree of Isasumi Shrine and one of the “Five Cherry Trees of Aizu.
It is said that the name comes from the color of the flowers, which change from light black to red, with a light red center and a light black tint.
The flowers are highly fragrant, and the rare mixture of single and double blossoms on a single branch makes it a rare cherry tree that blooms early and late, making it a precious tree from a botanical standpoint.
When in bloom, the shrine grounds are filled with the fragrance of cherry blossoms, attracting visitors to the shrine.
A monument next to the old tree is a poem written by Katamori Matsudaira, feudal lord of Aizu, who wrote of the beauty of the cherry blossoms, “The heart of the world is deeply dyed by the scent of the Susumi-zakura, the cherry blossoms that have no red color.
It is designated as a natural monument by the town and a Fukushima Prefecture Green Cultural Asset.
Best time to visit: End of April