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Persian Ironwood

Parrotia Persica

Entrance to the potager (coming from the specimen lawn)

Persian Ironwood gets its common name from the strength of its wood, very hard to wood and apparently sinks in water.

Its botanic name isParrotia persica. Parrotia after the German naturalist and traveller F.W.Parrot, who was the first recorded western climber, to scale Mount Ararat in 1829. Persica - meaning from Persia, the tree is a native of northern Iran and Azerbaijan along the Caspian Sea.

A tree for all seasons. In the autumn the leaves turn deep red, burgundy, orange and yellow in a spectacular, then in winter you are able to appreciate its bark which has attractive flakes and is generally coloured cream to grey. 

In early spring,Parrotiais covered in small, dark red flowers on bare stems very similar to witch hazels (Hamamelis) to which it is related.  As spring deepens, new leaves appear flushed with a pinkish bronze tint mature to green.

Persian Ironwood is a relatively slow growing tree, eventually growing to around 8m in height.  It grows well in most soils, avoiding extremes of heavy clay soils or very sandy soils, in sun or partial shade.  It requires no pruning and doesn't suffer from pest and diseases.


AGM LogoAGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information





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