Incredible autumn colour makes Parrotia persica a favourite with our staff! Large glossy, deeply ribbed mid-green foliage turn vibrant shade of yellow, orange, red and purple in autumn for a magnificent kaleidoscopic display. Holding its leaves for a long time, the autumn display is often extended for several weeks.
This stunning show is followed by clusters of witch hazel-like ruby-red flowers on bare branches from February-March that will still look fresh after a heavy coating of snow. The flowers are actually petal-less and what you see is the red stamens. The bark is silvery grey and as the tree reaches maturity it flakes, revealing shades of pink, green and yellow young bark. This beautiful short trunked, spreading tree will grow to 6 x 4 metres in 20 years and has almost horizontal branches.
Parrotia persica is a spectacular specimen tree named after the German naturalist Friedrich Parrot. Commonly called Persian Ironwood, this tree originates from Iran and belongs to the genus Hamamelidaceeae, related to Hamamelis (Witch Hazel). Tolerant of almost any conditions apart from drought, it copes with exposed positions, sun to light shade and acid to alkaline soil. Persian Ironwood will do best in a moist well drained soil, with an acidic pH giving the best autumn colour.
AKA Persian ironwood tree
Pot grown Persian Ironwood trees 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 your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help it establish more effectively, we advise applying Mycorrhizal Fungi root grow 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 and firm around gently. Avoid banking the 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 up your Persian Ironwood, 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.
Covid-19: In response to government advice and for the safety of everyone, we have taken the difficult decision to stop nursery operations until mid-April.
It will still be possible to place new orders through our website and your trees will be tagged and reserved for you, but we will be unable to despatch them until operations resume.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when 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.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch 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. 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||£59.99 (ex VAT)|
|Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth||approx 3.5-4.5m||45L pot||£209.99 (ex VAT)|
|Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth||approx 4.5-6.0m||55L pot||£259.99 (ex VAT)|
|Multi-stem||200-250cm||45L pot||£259.99 (ex VAT)|