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Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' (Persian ironwood 'Vanessa')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
3m
Max spread
10-15 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'

Other names

Persian ironwood 'Vanessa'

Genus

Parrotia Parrotia

Variety or Cultivar

'Vanessa' _ 'Vanessa' is a compact, upright, columnar, deciduous trees with glossy, obovate, dark green leaves, bronze-red at the margins when young and red, orange, and pruple in autumn. Small red flowers bloom on bare branches in late winter and early spring.


Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' is: Deciduous

Habit

Narrowly columnar

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Red in Spring; Red in Winter

Foliage

Variegated, Red, Green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Orange, Red, Purple in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. The only pruning needed is the cutting out of cross branches on mature trees and perhaps the removal of branches from the base to reveal the trunk.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' (Persian ironwood 'Vanessa') will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 3m after 10-15 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained or moist but well-drained soil in full sun. It will not tolerate drought. Tolerates partial shade. Grow in acid soil for best autumn colour.

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

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Parrotia persica 'Vanessa'

Other names

Persian ironwood 'Vanessa'

Genus

Parrotia Parrotia

Variety or Cultivar

'Vanessa' _ 'Vanessa' is a compact, upright, columnar, deciduous trees with glossy, obovate, dark green leaves, bronze-red at the margins when young and red, orange, and pruple in autumn. Small red flowers bloom on bare branches in late winter and early spring.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Narrowly columnar

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Red in Spring; Red in Winter

Foliage

Variegated, Red, Green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Orange, Red, Purple in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. The only pruning needed is the cutting out of cross branches on mature trees and perhaps the removal of branches from the base to reveal the trunk.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Parrotia persica 'Vanessa' (Persian ironwood 'Vanessa') will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 3m after 10-15 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree, Woodland

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained or moist but well-drained soil in full sun. It will not tolerate drought. Tolerates partial shade. Grow in acid soil for best autumn colour.

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

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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