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Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
8m
Max height
12m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Parrotia persica

Other names

Persian ironwood, Iron tree, Ironwood

Genus

Parrotia Parrotia

Species

P. persica - P. persica are medium-sized, spreading, deciduous trees with large, deep green leaves turning yellow, gold, orange, purple and red in autumn. They bear red flowers on bare branches in winter and early spring.


Parrotia persica is: Deciduous

Tree shape

Drooping, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Red in Spring; Red in Winter

Foliage

Green in Spring; Purple, Yellow, Red, Orange, Gold in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. For best autumn colour grow in acid soil.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Parrotia persica

Other names

Persian ironwood, Iron tree, Ironwood

Genus

Parrotia Parrotia

Species

P. persica - P. persica are medium-sized, spreading, deciduous trees with large, deep green leaves turning yellow, gold, orange, purple and red in autumn. They bear red flowers on bare branches in winter and early spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Tree shape

Drooping, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Red in Spring; Red in Winter

Foliage

Green in Spring; Purple, Yellow, Red, Orange, Gold in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Parrotia persica (Persian ironwood) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. For best autumn colour grow in acid soil.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness

Hardy (H4)

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