- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained soil, preferably acidic
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: January to February
- Hardiness: fully hardy
In autumn, this deciduous tree is a breathtaking 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.
- Garden care: 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 and stake firmly.
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Q:I live up on the west pennine moors, near the Yorkshire Dales, so some plants described as hardy still don't cope with the conditions in my garden. The main challenges are the high rainfall and relatively short growing season.
Can you tell me will Parrotia persica stand a reasonable chance of success or am I better concentrating on native species?Asked on 4/14/2013 by Robert from near Settle
It is always difficult to be very specific about a particular location, but I would have thought there was an excellent chance that this tree will survive as it is extremely tough.Answered on 4/15/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Parrotia persica - 'Persian Iron Wood' tree
Could you please tell me how tall the 'Persian Iron Wood' trees are in the 4litre pots? Best wishes EmmaAsked on 11/28/2009 by Julian Miller
A:Hello Emma, These will be around 30 - 45cm tall in a 4lt pot. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/30/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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