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Carefully Packaged UK Grown Trees

Parrotia persica Tree

Persian Ironwood Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

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 an absolutely spectacular specimen tree named after the German naturalist Friedrich Parrot. Commonly called the 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, this tough tree will cope with sun or light shade, acid or alkaline soil and exposed or sheltered positions. Persian Ironwood will do best in a moist well drained soil, approaching damp conditions.

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12L pot 150-180cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT) New batch ready Spring 2018
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28L pot 200-250cm Standard Tree, 8-10cm girth £149.99 (ex. VAT)
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45L pot approx 3.5-4.5m Heavy Standard Tree, 12-14cm girth £199.99 (ex. VAT)
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55L pot approx 4.5-6.0m Extra Heavy Standard Tree, 14-16cm girth £249.99 (ex. VAT)
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45L pot 200-250cm Multi-stem £249.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

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

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.


Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice For Parrotia persica Trees

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 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 it with a stake and tie (unless it's a multi stem) and if your area is prone to rabbits, we advise using a rabbit guard. The tree planting guide has more detailed information, as well as videos on planting trees and using stakes and ties.


Aftercare Advice For Parrotia persica Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. It is important to keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather.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.


Pruning Advice For Parrotia persica Trees

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.

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 (acidic gives the finest autumn colours) and moist but well-drained situations.