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Cultural Details for Parrotia persica

Common Name:
Persian Parrotia, Persian Ironwood, Persian Irontree

Growth Rate:
Medium 10' over 6-8 year period.

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Perfect, apetalous before leaves early March- April.

Fruit Details:
Capsule, 2 valved, single seed per cell .40" long, bright brown.

Fall Color:
Brilliant yellow to orange to scarlet.

Bark Details:
Older branches exfoliating to expose gray, green, white, brown mosaic in 4-8" branches.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Very pest free tree.

Native Habitat:
Zones 5-8, Iran cultivated 1840.

Other Features:
The bark is a welcome asset in the winter landscape.

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled and burlapped or container grown. Prefers well drained, loamy slightly acid soils 6.0-6.5 ph. Full sun or light shade.

This plant was blooming:
3/22/2010 - 4/2/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
3390, 3430, 3500

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.