Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica)


Quick Facts

  • Native to northern Iran and southern Azerbaijan 
  • Named after German naturalist Friedrich Parrot


They have simple alternate leaves that are 1 to 2 1/2 inches long and 1- 2 1/2  inches wide. A relatively small tree only growing to 30 feet high. Produces flowers with vibrant dark red stamens in the spring. In the fall its leaves turn a bright mix of yellow, red, and orange. These characteristics, along with a unique exfoliant bark, make the Persian Ironwood a common ornamental tree. Has four different cultivars "Horizontalis", "Pendula", "Select" and "Vanessa" which have distinct branching patterns.