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Botanical name: Parrotia persica
Common names: Persian parrotia tree, Persian ironweed, Persian ironwood
USDA zones: 4-9
Water requirement: Regular; do not overwater
Sun requirement: Full to partial
Mature size: 20-40’ height and spread
Tolerances: Urban conditions, drought, heat, cold, wind
How to use it. Low spreading branches and upright form make this tree perfect as a focal specimen. Prune and train Parrotia to create a formal and more upright structure, or let the tree’s natural multi-stemmed and low branching habit grow out and create the perfect centerpiece to any woodland landscape.
Parrotia makes a nice patio tree, and its proportions provide great shade. Since it can handle urban conditions, consider Parrotia as the street trees used to line your front yard, allowing passersby to admire its transitions through the seasons for many years to come.
Distinguishing traits. As a deciduous tree, Parrotia is full of seasonal interest all year with and without its leaves.
As with many deciduous trees, Parrotia, shown here as a background flame towering over the surrounding trees, is known for its display of colorful fall foliage — reaching an almost unnatural spectrum of orange and red hues.
In mid January, even before the tree leafs out, profuse blood-red blossoms arrive. While the individual flowers aren’t much to look at, the volume of buds which populate the bare winter branches can be spectacular. Late spring beckons new purplish-red foliage, which transitions to a glossy dark green.