Persian Ironwood

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Extraordinary Garden Accent Persian Ironwood

  • Useful Small-Scale Tree
  • Urban Tolerant
  • Bold Bronze and Purple New Foliage in Spring
  • Cool Green Screen All Summer
  • Outstanding Fiery Fall Foliage
  • Great Branch Structure Looks Good Year-Round
  • Cute Red Blooms in Early Spring
  • Attractive Bark
  • Strong Limbs and Dense Canopy Suitable for Windbreaks
  • Easy Care and Adaptable

This is a small tree to cherish in your landscape. Use the handsome Persian Ironwood tree (Parrotia persica) as a dramatic and sophisticated accent.

With a muscular trunk and strong branches, Ironwood will charm you with its striking, architectural good looks all year long.

A member of the Witch Hazel family, these rugged trees develop wildly colorful foliage in both early spring and again in fall. The yellow, orange and red fall display is held for a long time, and their fiery tones light up your autumn landscape.

Small space gardens don't have room for a "one-trick pony", but there is no fear of that with Ironwood. The ornamental features just keep coming.

Even the intricate, dark red flowers in late winter and early spring are worthy of reflection. They are borne against the bare, exfoliating bark and make a pretty picture to welcome a new growing season.

Steal a few boughs to create a cunningly elegant interior cut flower display in a tall, skinny vase. The butterflies will still have plenty of these early-season nectar resources to enjoy on the tree.

Once the flowers are fading, the new leaves come out. They'll be dressed in their purple and bronze-toned finery and age to a lovely, glossy, dark green in summer.

The canopy of green leaves is dense and casts a refreshing shade. Persian Ironwood stays compact enough to use in the front yard.

You can enjoy a tiny grove of these stunning plants in the backyard. Feel decadent relaxing on your hammock, enjoying their cool upright branches and the large, ruffle-edged leaves.

Beautify your space for your friends and family. Make a spot for these enchanting, easy-care trees.

Persian Ironwood is a small tree that adds such a bold personality and welcome shade, without asking for much in return. You'll love the way mature trees bring out the best in your landscape.

The popularity of these underutilized, yet highly desirable, small trees is exploding. Professional garden designers are regularly adding them to high-end residential and commercial properties for incredible fall color.

Don't miss out on our limited inventory of expertly grown, commercial-grade plants. Order Persian Ironwood trees from Nature Hills today!

How to Use Persian Ironwood in the Landscape

Use one to the side of your home, or at the corner of your foundation planting. Expand the mulched bed as you need to, in order to include the tree in your existing plantings as a unified whole.

Space them 20 feet away from your home or structures. If you'd like to create an informal grouping of multiple trees, vary the spacing between them from 15 to 25 feet apart.

These trees can also be used as an eye-catching avenue along the driveway. You might decide to keep the spacing even and regular, in that application.

Place one on the southwestern side of your patio seating. You'll love the long shadows in the heat of the afternoon.

Need a little boost of privacy? All the lower branches to grow in. They'll make a terrific screening plant for the right spot.

Keep the trunk limbed up for a special specimen tree. Use just one tree in your lawn, or include several to decorate a berm.

Why not start a winding garden path just beyond a Persian Ironwood? Add a bench or two underneath to create a lovely (and hard-working!) garden feature. Your yard will look larger if you build a sense of mystery and anticipation.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Site this lovely tree with care. It prefers not to be transplanted, if possible. Spend time studying the angles of your new tree.

Fit it into its allotted slot, and plan out a series of strategic pruning cuts over a few years. With insightful care, you'll craft a magnificent, custom-fit that showcases this special tree to perfection.

It tolerates a spot in full sun, but also performs in partial shade. Give it at least four hours of direct sunlight a day to enjoy the brightest colors. The needs of these marvelous small trees are quite simple.

They'll appreciate well-drained soil and good air circulation. Give them a medium amount of water on a regular basis.

Apply a three-inch layer of mulch over the roots to keep them nice and moist, without getting too soggy. Reapply as needed to improve the quality of your soil over time.

Prune to shape after the small red-anthered blooms are done. Remove crossing branches, and open the canopy to sunlight and airflow.

How nice to include a well-behaved, colorful, compact tree in the landscape. You'll be thrilled with the solid performance of these ornamental trees.

Order Persian Ironwood today. You'll join the ever-growing trend of homeowners who appreciate these very special small trees.

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Persian Ironwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Parrotia persica
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 40 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Purple, Bronze, Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering