Parrotia subaequalis

Chinese Ironwood

Chinese Ironwood is an up and comer, on the short list of species of compact trees which offer near bullet proof durability in street plantings that have limited space. Striking foliage in the summer and fall. The fall color ranges from burgundy, red, to pink and is more reliable in Georgia than sister species, Parrotia persica. Similar to P. persica though the bark of Chinese Ironwood is more exfoliated as it ages, and the branching is a bit more refined. Early evaluation in our nursery shows a little more vigor than P. persica.

Category: Small ornamental tree; deciduous
Hardiness: 6 to 9
Foliage: Deep rich green
Fall Color: Spectacular fall color of red, pink and burgundy
Flower: Small, red flowers - blooms starting in later winter
Bark: Showy exfoliating bark as it matures
Winter Interest: With age, the bark exfoliates to show green, white or tan patches beneath
Texture: Medium
Shape: Oval in youth; widening to rounded with age
Mature Size: 25' tall by 15' wide
Growth Rate: Slow
Adaptability: Chinese Ironwood thrives in dry soils, damp clay, full sun and part shade; ability to withstand occasional spring flooding
Native Habitat: China