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Persian Ironwood

Parrotia persica

Easy to Maintain Fall Colors Staff Favorite

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.

Height:
40' at maturity

Width:
30' at maturity

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.

Native of Iraq and Iran. Good tolerance to fire blight.