Characteristics: Medium-sized, deciduous tree with an upright oval or rounded shape and outstanding fall color .
Growing Conditions: Very stress tolerant once established. Does best in well-drained, loamy, slightly acid soil and full sun to light shade.
Uses: When established, withstands drought, heat, wind and cold. Pest free. Slow growing and long-lived. Grown for distinctive spreading habit, brilliant autumn foliage display, showy exfoliating bark and curious late winter ruby red flowers. Excellent single front-yard tree for city gardens.
Shape: Oval to rounded with sturdy, upright, ascending branches creating an interesting, somewhat gnarled habit.
Flowers: Tiny red tassels on bare branches in early spring.
Leaves: Wavy, shiny green, textured leaves emerge purplish. Turn yellow, orange, and red in fall.
Bark: Smooth, light gray in youth, with brown patches in maturity.
Planting Strip Width: small-medium planting strips
Native of Iraq and Iran. Good tolerance to fire blight.