Parrotia persica

3 litre pot £29.99
available to order from autumn
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Buy Parrotia persica Persian ironwood: Spreading tree with breathtaking autumn colour

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained soil, preferably acidic
  • Rate of growth: average
  • 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. Persian 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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This was a Christmas present for my husband. He managed to keep it alive and healthy during the summer. It is growing well.




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can i keep this plant small by pruning?


Hello, While you may be able to do a little formative training, these plants do not respond well to hard pruning.


this looks a beautiful tree. i would love one - i have a smallish, exposed, south facing garden. would it tolerate the intense heat and sunshine? if so, because i would need to contain its size, could it be kept in a large pot? if so, how large a pot would it need and what type of soil etc would i need to plant it in? thank you.


Hello, Keeping this plant in a pot will be fine for a few years, but if you are hoping for a longer term effect, it may be better to choose something that does not get so big.


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?


Hello, 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.


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 Emma

Julian Miller

Hello Emma, These will be around 30 - 45cm tall in a 4lt pot. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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