Entrance to the potager (coming from the specimen
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.
(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
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