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Parrotia persica
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Parrotia persica

Persian Ironwood

Persian Ironwood

Description: Large shrub or small tree of wide spreading habit, and grey flaking bark, especially decorative in mature trees. Large, deep green, oval leaves turn crimson/gold in autumn. Small delicate crimson flowers in late winter/early spring, followed by spike brown fruits.

History: Named after the German naturalist Friedrich Parrot. An introduction by Fliegner and Simmons from Elburz Mountains of N. Iran in 1977. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Parrotia Growing Tips: Grow in a well-drained or moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Tolerant of most soils, including chalk.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 3m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Slow growth rate Slow growth rate
Attractive bark Attractive bark
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Open space planting Open space planting
Flowering month - March Flowering month - March
Prefers acid soil Prefers acid soil
Chalk tolerant Chalk tolerant
Shade tolerant Shade tolerant
Replacement prune Replacement prune