Persian Ironwood

Parrotia persica

Persian Ironwood - Parrotia persica

Common Name: Persian Ironwood
Genus: Parrotia
Species: persica

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting bark, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 8.00 m (800 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, Red, YellowFlowering Period: January & February

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

In autumn this deciduous tree is a breathtaking sight as its large smooth wavy-edged leaves turn brilliant yellow then orange and finally blaze fiery red before falling. In late winter and early spring insignificant spidery red flowers appear before the leaves. Persion ironwood is a spreading tree with a short trunk and peeling grey and fawn bark. As it normally has multiple stems it is best grown as a large shrub in the border or in an open woodland garden. It can get very big so it is best suited to larger gardens.

Garden Care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.