Introduced in 2004, Parrotia persica 'Bella' has outstanding colour-changing foliage from spring through autumn. When the oval leaves first emerge they are dark purple, before maturing to a glossy green. In autumn they display stunning vibrant reds, purples and yellows.
Before the foliage emerges, clusters of small Witch Hazel-like flowers make an appearance on the bare branches. On mature trees, the bark peels and flakes off attractively for additional interest.
Parrotia persica 'Bella' will grow into a spreading tree reaching 6 x 4 metres in 20 years. It is tolerant of a range of conditions, from drought to wind exposure. Acidic or alkaline soil is suitable, with acidic giving the the best autumn colour for this wonderful Persian Ironwood tree.
AKA Persian Ironwood tree
Our 'Bella' Persian Ironwood trees are pot grown and can be planted at any time of year. Whilst hardy, choosing a sheltered position will protect the spring flowers from frost. Remove all weeds and grass within a metre of the chosen planting hole.
Dig a square hole as deep as the root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help the tree establish effectively, we advise applying Mycorrhizal fungi into the hole. Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole. Firm around it gently, avoiding banking soil up around the collar of the tree .
If you’re planting Persian Ironwood in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little.
Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons and if your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard. Our complete planting kits contain an irrigation system, weed suppressing mulch mat and rabbit guard, as well as the rootgrow and staking kits mentioned above.
Persian Ironwood trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy it up, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown.
1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Single Stem Tree||150-200cm||12L pot*||£79.99 (ex VAT)|
|Feathered Tree, 6-8cm girth||approx 2.5-3.0m||20L pot*||£229.99 (ex VAT)|
|Feathered Tree, 8-10cm girth||approx 2.5-3.0m||28L pot*||£249.99 (ex VAT)|