In autumn Parrotia Persica is a breath-taking sight, as its large, smooth, wavy-edged leaves turn brilliant yellow, then orange and finally blaze fiery red
before falling. In late winter and early spring, insignificant, spidery, red flowers appear before the leaves. Persion ironwood is a spreading tree, with a short trunk and peeling grey and fawn bark. As it normally has multiple stems, it is best grown as a large shrub in the border or in an open woodland garden. It can get very big, so it is best suited to larger gardens.
Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole.
This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Height after 10 years 300-400cm
- Full sun or partial shade
- Moist, well-drained soil, preferably acidic
- Average rate of growth
- Flowers in January and February
- Fully hard