Persian Spire™ Persian Ironwood

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Remarkable Landscaping Value: The Persian Spire™ Ironwood

  • Leaves Emerge Purple & Fade to Green
  • Mature Leaves Have a Purple Halo!
  • Unique, Columnar Form
  • Upright Branching & Narrow Leaves
  • Bright Fall Colors
  • Moderately Fast-Growing
  • Low Maintenance

The Persian Spire™ Ironwood (Parrotia persica 'JLColumnar') will knock your socks off if you're in need of an interesting, manageable, compact tree that also features season after season of interest! You'll love the spring flower display! As a member of the Witch Hazel family, like many Witch Hazels, the Ironwood features unique little tasseled flowers in the late winter or early spring when you need to see blooms the most!

The Persian Spire™ Ironwood is a favorite among arborists because of its compact size and uniquely energetic growth habit and hardy nature. With a dense, rounded crown and twisting trunks, the Persian Spire Ironwood offers excellent long-lasting appeal. The upright columnar form is perfect for smaller landscapes.

With a silvery-brown trunk that peels in patches to reveal greens, yellows, and whites hidden beneath. Its unique bark is like a Crape Myrtle's with a bit more pizazz.

This attractive tree has upright branches that celebrate spring with unique purple-tinged new growth that has overtones of violet as they harden. Maturing to a gorgeous green with a purple halo. When fall arrives, so does more color The Persian Spire Ironwood's narrow, ovular leaves begin the autumn with hints of yellow that will soon take over and become a fiery kaleidoscope of oranges and reds.

And while your other deciduous trees will drop their leaves by the time winter arrives, the Persian Spire™ Ironwood keeps its foliage into winter. Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8, these are strong trees and rival Maples with their fall color!

Planting and Application:

The Persian Spire™ Ironwood makes an excellent windbreak or specimen tree. It looks lovely as a petite shade tree in a compact backyard or as a bit more greenery in your side yard. Plant this upright tree in a place where you can admire it day after day. Well-known for its durable lumber, hence its name, Ironwood is fantastic in windy sites and holds up to heavy snowfall in the winter.

Shade patios and seating areas, or boost curb appeal with a narrow growing front lawn specimen, this fantastic Ironwood will look gorgeous year-round for you with ease! The smaller form means larger properties can create naturalized groves by grouping these trees in unevenly spaced, odd-numbered clusters!

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Just be sure you provide your Persian Spire™ Ironwood with full sun or partial shade and well-drained soil. Give new trees a regular schedule of moisture, using the finger-test method to ensure you are giving it all it needs to succeed. All trees appreciate a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch over their entire root system for insulation and moisture retention. Prune this tree after it flowers to keep it petite or let it grow tall.

What do you love most about the Persian Spire™ Persian Ironwood? Whether it's the bark, reliable nature, or fall color, you will enjoy this great tree all year long. Order now at!

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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Persian Spire™ Persian Ironwood Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Parrotia persica 'JLColumnar'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 25 feet
Mature Spread 8 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Meoderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Purple/Violet & Green
Fall Color Yellow, Orange, Red, Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No