Persian Ironwood

Parrotia persica, commonly known as Persian ironwood, is a deciduous tree renowned for its distinctive bark and elegant stature. The bark of Parrotia persica is a striking feature, has smooth, exfoliating patches that reveal a palette of colours ranging from creamy whites to soft greens and even hints of pinkish-brown.

The Appearance

A small to medium-sized deciduous tree with a broad, spreading crown and wavy-edged leaves that turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow in autumn.


The Produce

These capsules develop from the female flowers of the tree and contain seeds.


The Flowers

Produces small, red flowers in late winter to early spring, which appear before the leaves.


The Leaves

In spring, the emerging leaves are often tinged with red or bronze, gradually transitioning to a lush green during the summer months.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, often flaking to reveal patches of pale green and white.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The flowers are an early nectar source.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental qualities, especially its stunning autumn foliage and attractive bark.


Fun Facts

The Persian Ironwood is highly prized for its ornamental value and is often used in landscape design for its multi-season interest.

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