Parrotia persica (standard)

Persian Ironwood

It seems too good-looking to be tough, but it maintains beautiful clean foliage, stands strong in droughty summers, and is heat/cold tolerant. Named 2014 Tree of the Year by Society of Municipal Arborists, Persian Ironwood looks well-placed in tight urban/suburban landscapes where head space is at premium and root space is scarcer; it does well in small cutouts and traffic island planters. While the fall foliage can be as colorful as a parrot, in fact the namesake is colorful botanist, F.W. Parrot who climbed Mt. Ararat in 1829. We grow Persian Ironwood as a standard, natural single-stem & multi-stemmed tree.

Category: Small shade or ornamental tree; deciduous
Hardiness: (4)5 to 8
Foliage: Dark green; reddish tinted when leafing out in spring; clean
Fall Color: Yellow, orange, or reddish
Flower: Dark reddish maroon, small, before the leaves and while interesting, are none too showy
Bark: Smooth and gray when young; with age exfoliating in buff, orange, light gray, dark gray, green patches
Winter Interest: The ornamental bark lends winter interest
Texture: Medium
Shape: Oval in youth; widening to rounded with age
Mature Size: 25-30' tall by 20-25' wide
Growth Rate: Slow
Adaptability: Persian Ironwood likes moist, well-drained, loamy, acid soil; however is drought tolerant, heat/cold tolerant, and withstands windy conditions
Native Habitat: Iran