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Parrotia Persica Tree

Persian Ironwood Trees

from From £39.99 (ex. VAT)
( £47.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

A very beautiful short trunked spreading ornamental tree that will grow to 6 x 4 metres in 20 years. Glossy, deeply ribbed mid-green foliage (large scallop shaped leaves) turns amazing autumn colours including yellow, orange, red and purple! It's as if each leaf is a different autumn colour and in seasons when there is good autumn colour, this tree is the MOST spectacular of all varieties and as it holds its leaves for a long time the autumn display is often extended for several weeks. This stunning show is then followed by tiny clusters of witch hazel-like ruby-red flowers on bare, grey-barked branches from February-March that will still look fresh after a heavy coating of snow. Actually the flowers are petal-less and technically what we refer to as "flowers" are just the red stamens. The branches of this tree are almost horizontal, even down-sweeping, and bark is silvery grey, and flakes (revealing shades of pink, green and yellow young bark) as the tree reaches maturity.

Originating in Iran and tolerant of almost any conditions - sun or light shade, acid or alkaline soil, exposed or sheltered - the Persian Ironwood is a tough and obliging garden tree.  For absolute best autumn colours, it needs acid soil, although it will still fare well in alkaline, chalky soils.  It is intolerant to drought, and will do best in a well drained but moist soil, approaching damp conditions.  The tree is very hardy but the spring flowers will struggle if it is planted in an area prone to late winter frosts so ideally choose a sheltered situation.

Named after the German naturalist Friedrich Parrot, and introduced to the UK around 1860.

Parrotia persica is closely related to Parrotia subaequalis (Chinese Ironwood).  Parrotia belongs to the genus Hamamelidaceeae, closely related to the witch hazel genus Hamamelis.

A spectacular specimen tree to plant where there is space to appreciate the shape and colours.

AKA Persian ironwood tree more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Parrotia Persica Tree Parrotia Persica Tree
7L pot 120-150cm Pruned & Shaped £39.99 (ex. VAT)
Parrotia Persica Tree Parrotia Persica Tree
12L pot 150-180cm Pruned & Shaped £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Parrotia Persica Tree Parrotia Persica Tree
28L pot 200-250cm Standard Tree approx 8-10cm girth £129.99 (ex. VAT)
Parrotia Persica Tree Parrotia Persica Tree
45L pot 3.0 - 3.5m Premium Standard Tree approx 10-12cm girth £149.99 (ex. VAT)
Parrotia Persica Tree Parrotia Persica Tree
45L pot 175-200cm Multi-stem £179.99 (ex. VAT)
Parrotia Persica Tree Parrotia Persica Tree
45L pot 200-250cm Multi-stem £229.99 (ex. VAT)
Parrotia Persica Tree Parrotia Persica Tree
45L pot 2.5 - 3.0m Multi-stem £269.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery timescales

99% of deliveries made within a week of placing the order (other than agreed pre orders) and many are despatched on the day we receive the order.  There is a slightly longer delivery timescale on trees over 2.5m in height (all the trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard or Extra Heavy Standard, all called Mature Trees) because normal "next day" carriers find them too large to handle so we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a haulage contractor to deliver and this all takes a bit of scheduling (but it's worth it when you see these wonderful mature trees!). 

Gift trees required for arrival on a specific date (or indeed any tree required for delivery on a specific date) can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge - we normally plan to deliver a day or two before the special day just to be on the safe side and although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - mid April/late April (depending on weather conditions) and whilst they are dormant.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order unless we contact you (normally just the most mature trees where the driver may need help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle).  You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email.

Trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery costs

Orders for our popular range of 1.5/2.0m height trees to UK mainland ex Highlands have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (Highlands charge will be applied in the check out).  Smaller trees/bushes are charged at £6.95 plus vat (again Highlands charge applied in the check out).  On orders for several trees, delivery costs increase to £12.95 (and honestly that doesn't nearly cover what it costs us in cardboard and carriage charges!) but you can buy several trees (or hundreds of trees if you wish) for the same delivery cost.  Highlands charges start to get a bit expensive if you require several trees which our customers in the Highlands will be well aware of - we wish we could help more but you're such a long way from Yorkshire!

Mature trees are more expensive to deliver and cost varies by postcode but again you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost so if you do need 2 or more, and particularly if you are planting a good number of trees, it works out to be really economical.  Delivery costs are calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and overseas destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees but if you have a larger requirement please do speak to us and we'll do what we can to get trees to you at a reasonable cost.

Planting Advice for Parrotia Persica trees

When planting Persian Ironwood trees, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Parrotia trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around, inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.

We recommend planting any ornamental tree with a stake and tie, to see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Persian Ironwood trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Parrotia Persica trees

Persian ironwood trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your Parrotia tree, 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.

Parrotia Persica Tree (Persian Ironwood Trees) Description

  • Common name: Persian ironwood tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 6 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Deeply veined, glossy green leaves turn orange, red and purple in autumn
  • Soil: Suited to most soil types and moist but well-drained situations